Speech Therapy

Therapy approach designed to help individuals improve aspects of speech production including rate, loudness, resonance, rhythm, intonation, and articulation.

  • Educate patients and their families regarding the patient’s speech deficits.

     

  • Provide skills and strategies to improve upon aspects of speech production including rate, loudness, resonance, rhythm, intonation, and articulation.

     

  • Teach self-monitoring skills to increase the patient’s overall speech clarity.

     

  • Objective is to maximize overall effectiveness of communication through verbal, non-verbal and alternative/augmentative communication techniques.

Prior to initiating treatment, an evaluation of different aspects of speech production including rate, loudness, resonance, rhythm, intonation, and articulation is conducted. Evaluation also includes an assessment of strength, speed, and coordination of muscles of speech.

 

The duration of treatment varies and is influenced by the individual’s needs, severity, and cause of speech deficits.

  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Motor Neuron Disease (i.e. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Movement Disorders (ataxia, dystonias, dystrophies, Huntington's, Parkinson's,)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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Tremble Clefs is a singing program for people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their family and friends.  Hallmark problems for people with PD may include slowness of movement, reduced activity, and social withdrawal. Tremble Clefs can help confront these problems through breathing, stretching and posture activities, vocal exercise, rhythm and movement, and a strong social support system.  Research has shown that vocal exercise enhances voice volume in people with Parkinson's, and that the presence of music and rhythm improves movement (taken from http://www.trembleclefs.com/).

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Felicita Aponte

Professional Office Building
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275 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 724-0767
Fax: (617) 724-0771
Email: faponte@partners.org