Who I work with

I work with the following clients:

I provide specialist therapy input for adults with acquired neurological conditions including:

  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Locked-in syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

I also work with:

Voice impairments. These may be caused by nodules, vocal cord paralysis, brain injury or ENT surgery. 

Communication

The above conditions can result in changes to communication skills:

  • Aphasia: a language impairment causing difficulties speaking, understanding, reading, writing and / or gesture.
  • Dysarthria: muscle weakness of the face, mouth or throat which can cause speech to sound slurred. 
  • Apraxia of speech: a speech impairment affecting ability to plan speech movements.
  • Cognitive-communication disorder: “ this includes difficulties with attention, memory, planning and social interaction.
  • Dysphonia: changes to voice quality. This can include having a hoarse, strained, or quiet voice.

Swallowing

Neurological changes can also cause difficulties swallowing:

  • Dysphagia:“ this means swallowing impairment which can impact on abilities to swallow saliva, food and drink. Symptoms include drooling, difficulties chewing and coughing / choking on food and drink.