Did you know speech therapy is a common helpful therapy for multiple sclerosis? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech pathologists assess, diagnosis, treat and help with communication, swallowing, comprehension, and cognitive thinking for a variety of different causes including children with speech issues, MS, stroke victims, brain issues, autism, Parkinson’s and a variety of other medical conditions.
A misconception of speech therapy is that it is really just for speech but speech therapists also concentrate on cognitive issues, voice deficits, attention spans, high level language skills, problem solving, memory and other issues. There are four different kinds of attention: selective, focused, multi-tasking and alternating.
Attention processing testing and training includes listening to a voice and pressing a button while listening for a certain cue with background noise which would be an example of multi-tasking. Another therapy activity I have done is listening to a story and repeating back details about the story both immediately and after a ten minute delay. This is a memory task which includes a delayed recall and thought organization.
Since I have been in neurological rehabilitation, I have been working with a speech therapist on many of these tasks. Most include memory and high level cognitive processing. Some of the tasks include deductive reasoning worksheets, iPad brain games, word finding activities and attention skills. I have also worked on functional problem solving which includes math such as balancing a checkbook.
There are many reasons a MS patient can use a Speech Language Pathologist. Have you talked to your doctor about this?