Occupational & Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy | Atlanta GA

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Occupational therapists (OTs) help patients get back to daily activities they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy treatments include:

  • Helping injured workers return to their jobs,
  • Helping people recovering from injury to regain daily life activity skills,
  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

OT services typically include:

  • An evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include:

  • A comprehensive examination and interventions based on the client’s home environment or workplace.
  • Recommendations are commonly made for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for the person, family members and caregivers.

Source: AOTA

Speech Therapy | Atlanta GA

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is a services for patients with oral motor, speech, language, voice, cognitive, and other cognitive impairments. Goals are directed towards optimizing function and enhancing quality of life.

Clinical tests are performed to assess the effects of patients' impairments on functional communication or swallowing in order to determine the best course of clinical management and effect positive outcomes.

Specialized studies are conducted to objectively assess the function of the oropharynx, and to assess and treat language and communicative discourse abilities in neurologically impaired populations.

Clinical Evaluation

Evaluation services provided by the speech therapist include:

  • Assessment of oral motor function, swallowing and feeding skills
  • Assessment of speech, language, cognitive function
  • Assessment of voice and resonance with acoustic, perceptual and direct visualization techniques
  • Assessment of candidacy for alternative augmentative communication systems
  • Assessment of oral sensorimotor function for swallowing, feeding and speaking
  • Consultative and Patient Teaching

Consultative services are provided in the areas of speech, language, oral motor, swallowing/feeding, and cognitive functions. Patient and family education is provided regarding the relationships and impact of specific medical therapies and surgical interventions with speech, language and oral motor functioning. Patients and their families are instructed in home programs to improve functional communication and ability to eat safely.

Clinical Therapeutic Intervention Programs

Therapeutic intervention programs are individually designed to meet the needs of the patient's specific disorder. Therapy services are geared to assist the individual in optimizing his/her communication skills for daily activities, returning to work and planning optimal educational and developmental programs. Standard therapeutic approaches, biofeedback and innovative state-of-the-art programs are utilized to achieve the desired therapeutic goals.

Oral Motor and Swallowing Rehabilitation Program

State-of-the-art assessments are utilized to establish the differential diagnosis of an oral motor deficit or a swallowing disorder. This program uses an innovative approach with standard oral motor assessments, feeding evaluations and new instrumentation assessments documenting anatomic and physiologic aspects of the swallowing. Video-fluoroscopy may be ordered to provide a delineation of the swallowing dysfunction for assessments, treatment planning and intervention. Individual therapeutic programs are designed and conducted utilizing both standard therapeutic approaches along with biofeedback instrumentation.

Conditions We Treat

This program is offered to a variety of neurological, neuromuscular, otolaryngologic, and craniofacial disorders including:

  • Stroke,
  • Parkinson's Disease,
  • Nieman Pick Disease,
  • Gauche Disease,
  • Inclusion Body Myositis,
  • Cystinosis,
  • Head and Neck Cancers,
  • Beckwith Wiedeman Syndrome, and
  • Smith Magenis Syndrome.

Language and Discourse Rehabilitation Program

Using clinically appropriate methods, individualized intervention programs directed toward improvement of impaired processes and re-establishment of functional communication in the patient's natural environments are available.

Patients and family members are taught to analyze their interactive discourse, and to make the necessary adjustments to increase the patient's participation in communicative events.