Speech is a near-universal form of communication that allows individuals to connect with one another. But what about those who struggle verbalizing their thoughts? While many young children require speech therapy, older adults with certain conditions can also develop speech challenges. Luckily, there are exceptional speech therapists that can help clients of all ages articulate their feelings, form stronger interpersonal relationships, develop positive self-esteem and become lifelong learners. Ashley Small is one such fine example.
I first heard from John in early 2019. He told me his dad, Eric, had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the family was very worried about his future. John was concerned with his dad’s speech, which was becoming quieter and quieter. He wanted to know if there was anything I could do, and I was determined to help!
The first step was a visit to an ENT to confirm there were no other causes for the changes in voice and speech. John later confirmed we were cleared by the ENT to start treatment.