With Pharmamedic you can also request a speech pathologist at home. This health professional is involved in identifying the disorders of language problems in childhood, adult and geriatric age. His specialization is speech therapy, a science that derives from the greek "logos", or "speak", so speech therapy studies the language and its expression and communication both in written and oral. All the knowledge related to this branch of science belong to the speech therapists, both those who work in hospitals or outpatient, both those who work at home. Logopaedia home-based services are still not widespread in Italy and, in the face of an ever increasing demand from patients, there are often shortcomings from the point of view of home care. The home speech therapist, however, can give support and assistance in all those conditions in which the ability to speak and communicate is compromised by trauma, illness and psychological difficulties. Language disorders are in fact present in all age groups (childish, adult egeriatric). Children may have language problems due to age-related problems or autism or stuttering, while adults and the elderly may see their language skills impaired due to brain traumas, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS.

Language skills can also be damaged by cardiovascular diseases such as stroke. The speech therapist's treatments range from the analytical and evaluative phase, up to the therapeutic one aimed at recovering the patient's ability to express and speak language. This operator can also identify the underlying psychological problems underlying stuttering or other language difficulties. In this case, the same operator will direct the patient to a psychological support service. Often, the psychological issues related to stuttering affect children and adolescents. In fact, the speech therapist at home can also be requested for children. In this case the treatments are carried out by involving the little ones in games where they have to learn to express themselves and to speak. Our speech therapists are specialized in treating both speech disorders in children and adolescents, and language disorders in adults and the elderly linked to neurodegenerative, oncological, psychological, traumatic, ischemic and cardiovascular diseases. The service is particularly indicated in all cases in which the patient shows problems of swallowing / chewing (dysphagia), or articulation of words (aphasia, dysarthria); symptoms that often appear as a result of: stroke, oncological diseases of the head and neck, geriatric or chronic-degenerative (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, SMA, multiple sclerosis, etc.)

Following the home visit, the speech therapist (language therapist) prepares treatments for:

  • Recovering the ability of global communication, linguistic communication, reading, writing and calculation.

  • Promote compensation strategies designed to overcome communication disorders.

  • Train family members in the most effective ways of communication.

In summary, the speech therapist deals with people with disorders:

  • of voice, language and more generally communication (dysphonia, dysphagia, dysarthria and deviated swallowing, labiopalatoschisi, disodie, language difficulties related to deafness, stuttering)

  • neuropsychological (aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, language development delays, phonological disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia, mental retardation, attention disorders, specific language disorder);

  • neurobehavioral (caused by head trauma, cerebral pathological events, autism, dementia).

For geriatric age our home speech therapist service provides:

  • Speech therapy report: functional assessment of language and swallowing

  • Logopedic therapy: treatment of neurological disorders (aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria)

  • Cognitive stimulation interventions in dementia

  • Alternative augmentative communication interventions

  • Support, support and training of family members and caregivers (family assistants, caregivers, etc.)

  • As already mentioned, the service can be requested as well as for elderly people, even for children, teenagers and adults.

The treatments of the speech therapist at home always start with a preliminary visit (always carried out at the patient's home or the applicant's home). Usually, the visit lasts about 45 minutes. At this stage, the health professional conducts an analysis and evaluation of the patient's clinical condition aimed at ascertaining the extent of the language problem and the causes that determined it. After the visit, we move on to sessions, which generally include a series of treatments based on the type and severity of the disorder.

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