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Effectiveness of speech therapy in evolution of oral ingestion in patients with post stroke Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
Conclusion : speech therapy is effective in improving food intake by mouth in patients treated in hospitals with neurogenic dysphagia after stroke, except if clinical complications appear during the process. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 15, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Third of stroke survivors must pay for essential rehab services
Survey finds that half had no access to speech therapy or occupational therapy (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proof of Concept for Operation House Call for Underserved Parkinson's Disease Patients (P2.049)
Conclusion:This program provides a proof of concept for PD housecalls. Operation housecall provides underserved PD patients’ with quality medical care, allows them to remain in their home setting, and may prevent hospitalizations. Advanced medical care such as evaluation for DBS is possible. This program could provide a proof of concept for the construction of a larger visiting physician or nurse program.Acknowledgements:This program is supported by the Smallwood Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence located at the University of Florida.Disclosure: Dr. Hack has nothing to disclose. Dr....
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hack, N., Akbar, U., Eilers, A., Rundle-Gonzalez, V., Martinez-Ramirez, D., Morita, H., Malaty, I., Okun, M. Tags: Movement Disorders: Co-morbidities and Novel Care Models Source Type: research

Paroxysmal Vocal Cord Motion Dysfunction Masquerading as Neuromuscular Disorders (P3.303)
CONCLUSIONS: PCVD should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ARF even in patients previously diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, especially when the clinical presentation is atypical given the course of the disease. This is crucial to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful therapies and to ensure that appropriate therapy is instituted. Study Supported by: NADisclosure: Dr. Kassar has nothing to disclose. Dr. Arnold has nothing to disclose. Dr. Hoyle has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kissel has received personal compensation for activities with Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Cytokinetics. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Kassar, D., Arnold, W., Hoyle, C., Kissel, J. Tags: Muscle Disease Source Type: research

The Feeling That 'I Can Say It in My Head' Predicts Word-by-Word Success in Subsequent Aphasia Treatment. (P2.118)
CONCLUSIONS: In one individual, self-reported internal naming predicted success and rate of learning on a word-by-word basis during speech therapy for anomia. This suggests that claims of inner speech may be more reliable than previously appreciated, and may also be clinically relevant. These self-reports could improve accuracy of prognosis, or potentially be used to guide treatment on a word-by-word basis.Disclosure: Dr. Hayward has nothing to disclose. Dr. Sullivan has nothing to disclose. Dr. Snider has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lacey has nothing to disclose. Dr. Friedman has nothing to disclose. Dr. Turkeltaub has nothi...
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hayward, W., Sullivan, K., Snider, S., Lacey, E., Friedman, R., Turkeltaub, P. Tags: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology: Behavioral, Cognitive, and Miscellaneous Source Type: research

Barriers to Discharge: A Quality Improvement Project (P1.029)
CONCLUSIONS: Cost of hospitalization for stroke/TIA workup is 58.8% more than workup and discharge from ED. Prolonged work up takes up more acute care beds on Neurology service.Disclosure: Dr. Tran has nothing to disclose. Dr. Vu has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kahlon has nothing to disclose. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Tran, A.-T., Vu, T.-A., Kahlon, S. Tags: General Neurology I Source Type: research

35. Surface polyelectromyography – Principle of the method and possible use in dysphagia
Conclusion: PEMG (unlike ”classic EMG”) does not provide information to identify the clinical diagnostic units that cause a disorder. However, it facilitates, in terms of muscle activity, the characterisation of a functional disturbance (acknowledging limitations of the elusive definition for a normal movement pattern) and to monitor the evolution of functional parameters over time including its reaction to various influences (e.g. therapy).Supported by the project Ministry of Health, Czech Republic NT13725–4/2012. (Source: Clinical Neurophysiology)
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - April 7, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: M. Bednar, E. Vanaskova, I. Vareka Tags: Society Proceedings Source Type: research

[Health insurance data analysis on home nursing care in Hungary].
Conclusions: There are significant inequalities in the home nursing care in Hungary. In order to decrease these inequalities, specific guidelines should be developed for home nursing care. Orv. Hetil., 2014, 155(15), 597-603. PMID: 24704772 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Orvosi Hetilap)
Source: Orvosi Hetilap - April 1, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Cs Horváth Z, Sebestyén A, Molics B, Agoston I, Endrei D, Oláh A, Betlehem J, Imre L, Bagosi G, Boncz I Tags: Orv Hetil Source Type: research

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma?
Conclusion This small study involved 11 people who had severe asthma symptoms despite optimised treatment and who had abnormal vocal cord movement which was not improved by speech therapy. The results suggest that Botox injections into one of the vocal cords improved asthma control and the airway size at the level of the vocal cords was increased. However, there were no changes in measures of lung function. As the researchers point out, this study was not controlled or blinded and a placebo effect cannot be excluded. It is also not known how long any effect would last, as participants were only assessed for one to three...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Can enhancing left lateralization using transcranial direct current stimulation improve recovery from post-stroke aphasia?
One third of stroke victims suffer from aphasia, an acquired language disorder for which there are few effective medical treatments. Aphasia often does not resolve completely, resulting in substantial long-term disability. After a stroke that causes aphasia, the reorganization of language networks in the brain involves compensatory recruitment of brain tissue in the left hemisphere as well as potentially maladaptive recruitment of symmetric areas in the right hemisphere. One avenue for intervention might be to externally “left lateralize” the brain, enhancing activity of the left frontal lobe while inhibiting the right...
Source: BRAIN STIMULATION: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation - March 1, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Mackenzie Fama, Elizabeth Lacey, Alexa Desko, Lauren Taylor, Laura Hussey, Peter Turkeltaub Tags: Abstracts Presented at NYC Neuromodulation 2013 Source Type: research

Early Intervention Services Are Available for Your Child with Down Syndrome
Even though we all know that all children with Down syndrome may require physical, occupational and language/speech therapy during their development or maybe throughout their life, more therapy doesn't necessarily equal more advancement and should never be considered a way to fix a child. Therapy is a form of guidance that reinforces your child's development, and at the same time teaches you, as a parent, how to integrate this guidance into your child's natural routines....Read Full Post (Source: Down Syndrome)
Source: Down Syndrome - February 28, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Predictive value of esophageal motility test in the proficiency of esophageal speech
Summary One method of speech rehabilitation following total laryngectomy surgery is esophageal speech therapy (EST). In this method, which has witnessed relatively low success rates at the end of therapy, identification of patients who can benefit from EST beforehand will be important for determining the appropriate method for alaryngeal speech rehabilitation and might be cost‐effective, saving time and labor. To this end, this study conducted research on the feasibility of manometric data measured prior to therapy using an esophageal motility test (EMT) in order to determine the candidates most suitable for esophageal s...
Source: Diseases of the Esophagus - February 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: M. Sahin, R. Vardar, T. Kirazli, F. Ogut, S. Akyildiz, S. Bor Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

[Unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult: Epidemiology, symptoms, physiopathology and treatment.]
Abstract In France, the main causes for unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult patient are surgery and malignant tumors. Most of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis following thyroid surgery will recover within the first six postoperative months. At the time of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis, swallowing impairment and dyspnea occur in around 30% and 5% of cases, respectively. In the face of a unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis occurring without a history of trauma of surgery, the main paraclinical examination to perform is a computed laryngeal nerve examination analyzing the whole length of the ...
Source: Presse Medicale - February 10, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Laccourreye O, Malinvaud D, Ménard M, Bonfils P Tags: Presse Med Source Type: research

Investigation on the complaint of dysphagia in aphasic patients
CONCLUSIONS: out of the aphasic patients assessed in this study, 48% reported swallowing complaints. Based on reports by family members, aphasia had no impact on the prognosis of dysphagia. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Preference side masticatory and facial symmetry in total laryngectomy: clinical and electromyographic study
CONCLUSION: in laryngectomized anthropometric facial measurements correlate with the preference side chewing and the values of the masseter EMG during mastication. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Demand for speech therapy intervention in neonatal unit of a teaching hospital
CONCLUSION: the majority of newborns receive oral feeding without a prior evaluation by a speech therapist, which can lead to situations of risk with regard to safe, efficient feeding. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Efficiency of myofunctional therapy in cases of phonological, phonetic and phonetic-phonological disorders
CONCLUSION: myofunctional therapy was efficient in cases of phonetic and/or phonological deviations. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech therapy effectiveness in a case of expressive aphasia resulting from stroke
O objetivo deste estudo de caso foi relatar e analisar o caso de um paciente afásico adulto em tratamento fonoaudiológico na clínica escola do Curso de Fonoaudiologia de uma instituição federal de ensino. O sujeito estudado é um paciente do sexo masculino, com 68 anos de idade, em tratamento na clínica escola desde maio de 2009, sendo que seu processo terapêutico foi analisado até dezembro de 2010. Quanto à história clínica, o paciente sofreu acidente vascular encefálico isquêmico no hemisfério esquerdo, em janeiro de 2009, quando repentinamente apresentou um quadro de mutismo. Após serem realizadas avalia...
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Palatoplasty in Cleft Palate: Case Report
Orofacial defects are common in humans. A cleft palate results from failure of fusion of the palatal shelves and is more prevalent in girls. Treatment for this deformity is challenging, requiring surgical intervention and help from certain specialties, such as orthodontics and speech therapy. Patient, 13, had a median cleft palate. Treatment was performed using the technique of von Langenbeck palatoplasty. The patient improved significantly and achieved functional reestablishment of the pharyngeal mechanism. (Source: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics)
Source: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics - January 21, 2014 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: IGOR BRASIL VILLAR, BARBAHRA CAROLYNIE AMORIM REIS, DANIEL DO CARMO CARVALHO, DIMITRE RAMOS GRANDEZ ARAÚJO, IGOR BRASIL VILLAR, LUCIANO HENRIQUE DE JESUS, RICARDO FARIAS BRITO Tags: Online Only Articles Source Type: research

Changes in voice onset time and motor speech skills in children following motor speech therapy: Evidence from /pa/ productions.
This study evaluated changes in motor speech control and inter-gestural coordination for children with speech sound disorders (SSD) subsequent to Prompts for Restructuring Oral and Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) intervention. We measured the distribution patterns of voice onset time (VOT) for a voiceless stop (/p/) to examine the changes in inter-gestural coordination. Two standardized tests were used (Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children (VMPAC), GFTA-2) to assess the changes in motor speech skills and articulation. Data showed positive changes in patterns of VOT with a lower pattern of variability. All chi...
Source: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics - January 21, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Yu VY, Kadis DS, Oh A, Goshulak D, Namasivayam A, Pukonen M, Kroll R, De Nil LF, Pang EW Tags: Clin Linguist Phon Source Type: research

Plastic Changes Following Imitation-Based Speech and Language Therapy for Aphasia: A High-Density Sleep EEG Study
Conclusions. Our results suggest that SWA changes occurring in brain areas activated during imitation-based aphasia therapy may reflect the acute plastic changes induced by this intervention. Further testing will be needed to evaluate SWA as a non-invasive assessment of changes induced by the therapy and as a predictor of positive long-term clinical outcome. (Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair)
Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair - January 10, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Sarasso, S., Maatta, S., Ferrarelli, F., Poryazova, R., Tononi, G., Small, S. L. Tags: Clinical Research Articles Source Type: research

[Outpatient Physiotherapy for Patients with Knee Pain in Northern Germany.]
Abstract Physiotherapy, in comparison to occupational therapy and speech therapy, is the most frequently prescribed treatment in Germany. Nationally there is only scarce information available on indications, treatment approaches and development of health condition throughout therapy. Present work encompasses only small sample sizes and insufficient follow-up periods.To describe, how patients with knee complaints are treated based on a physiotherapy referral and how their health condition changes during therapy.A descriptive-exploratory secondary analysis of data from a prospective multicentre observational study wa...
Source: Die Rehabilitation - January 3, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Karstens S, Froböse I, Weiler SW Tags: Rehabilitation (Stuttg) Source Type: research

Use of nouns and verbs in the oral narrative of individuals with hearing impairment and normal hearing between 5 and 11 years of age.
CONCLUSION: Among oralized hearing-impaired children who underwent speech therapy, their performance regarding verbs and noun use was similar to that of their hearing counterparts. PMID: 24310796 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Sao Paulo Medical Journal)
Source: Sao Paulo Medical Journal - December 9, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amemiya EE, Goulart BN, Chiari BM Tags: Sao Paulo Med J Source Type: research

Performance in phonological awareness of children with phonological disorder: comparison of two instruments
CONCLUSION: most children in the sample (85%), independent of speech therapy, showed inferior performance than the expected for their age group in one of two instruments of evaluation, demonstrating the importance of speech therapy with emphasis on this aspect, because this will be reflected directly in the process of literacy of the children. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Clinical evaluation of the relationship of posture, breathing and swallowing in chronic-state post-stroke patients: case report
O Acidente Vascular Cerebral (AVC) é a doença neurológica que mais incapacita os adultos. A respiração, a postura e a deglutição possuem uma relação direta nesta doença, necessitando assim de uma intervenção multidisciplinar. O objetivo do presente estudo foi realizar uma avaliação clínica integrada para analisar a relação entres estas disfunções. Trata-se de uma paciente do sexo feminino com 37 anos, com seis anos de diagnóstico de AVC isquêmico com hemiparesia completa à direita de predomínio crural, hipertensão arterial sistêmica, disfagia e disartrofonia. Na anamnese, relatou sintomas referente...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Investigating the compliance with speech therapy service in the context of primary care
CONCLUSION: it was possible to observe the presence of different reasons related to an abandonment in the same interview, aspect that corroborates with the one discussed by the national and international literature, which characterizes the process of compliance/non-compliance as complex and multifactorial. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Case report: the importance of multiprofessional care in supracricoid laryngectomy
This study is about theperfomance multiprofissional on laryngectomy supracricoid. The speech therapy in the hospital was carried out twice a day, after 14 sessions, pasty consistency was released. The patient returned to the disfagia outpatient of the hospital, once a week for two months and now returns once a month. Nutritional therapy nasoenteric probe (NEP) allowed the necessary caloric intake and hydration and, through the release of consistency by oral Audiologist, the nutritionist expanded the options of foods that the patient could eat, favoring the profit of weight and withdrawal of the alternative way of feeding.T...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Instruments used in the evaluation of teachers' voice: literature review
El objetivo de este trabajo es realizar un estudio bibliográfico focalizado en los instrumentos que se utilizan para evaluar de forma objetiva y cualitativa la voz en profesores. Se realizó un levantamiento bibliográfico de las publicaciones catalogadas en Pubmed y Scielo durante los últimos 5 años, que tuvieran relación con la evaluación de la voz en profesores. Los instrumentos utilizados en los 15 artículos encontrados muestran que un 80% de los estudios ocupan cuestionarios, 40% realiza evaluación perceptivo-auditiva de la voz, 40% utiliza videoestroboscopía o telelaringoscopía, 33% realiza evaluación foni...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech and language outcomes of very preterm infants
Summary: Speech and language impairments of both simple and complex language functions are common among former preterm infants. Risk factors include lower gestational age and increasing illness severity including severe brain injury. Even in the absence of brain injury, however, altered brain maturation and vulnerability imposed by premature entrance to the extrauterine environment is associated with brain structural and microstructural changes. These alterations are associated with language impairments with lasting effects in childhood and adolescence and increased needs for speech therapy and education supports. Studies ...
Source: Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine - November 25, 2013 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Betty Vohr Source Type: research

Orthodontic intervention combined with myofunctional therapy increases electromyographic activity of masticatory muscles in patients with skeletal unilateral posterior crossbite.
Conclusions. Orthodontic intervention combined with myofunctional therapy in patients with skeletal unilateral posterior crossbite provided an increase in the electromyographic activity of the masseter and temporalis muscles during mandibular rest and habitual mastication, with predominantly bilateral mastication. PMID: 24255961 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica)
Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica - November 21, 2013 Category: Dentistry Authors: Maffei C, Garcia P, de Biase NG, de Souza Camargo E, Vianna-Lara MS, Grégio AM, Azevedo-Alanis LR Tags: Acta Odontol Scand Source Type: research

Consensus Paper: Management of Degenerative Cerebellar Disorders.
Abstract Treatment of motor symptoms of degenerative cerebellar ataxia remains difficult. Yet there are recent developments that are likely to lead to significant improvements in the future. Most desirable would be a causative treatment of the underlying cerebellar disease. This is currently available only for a very small subset of cerebellar ataxias with known metabolic dysfunction. However, increasing knowledge of the pathophysiology of hereditary ataxia should lead to an increasing number of medically sensible drug trials. In this paper, data from recent drug trials in patients with recessive and dominant cereb...
Source: Cerebellum - November 13, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ilg W, Bastian AJ, Boesch S, Burciu RG, Celnik P, Claaßen J, Feil K, Kalla R, Miyai I, Nachbauer W, Schöls L, Strupp M, Synofzik M, Teufel J, Timmann D Tags: Cerebellum Source Type: research

Keeping Insecurity Away: Bonding Without Spoken Language
Opening the channels of attachment through other means of communicationread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Therapy american sign language ASL attachment communication deaf hearing hearing impaired speech therapy spoken language Source Type: news

Assessing Recall in Mothers' Retrospective Reports: Concerns Over Children's Speech and Language Development.
Abstract Retrospective recall about children's symptoms is used to establish early developmental patterns in clinical practice and is also utilised in child psychopathology research. Some studies have indicated that the accuracy of retrospective recall is influenced by life events. Our hypothesis was that an intervention: speech and language therapy, would adversely affect the accuracy of parent recall of early concerns about their child's speech and language development. Mothers (n = 5,390) reported on their child's speech development (child male to female ratio = 50:50) when their children were aged 18 or 30...
Source: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology - October 31, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Russell G, Miller LL, Ford T, Golding J Tags: J Abnorm Child Psychol Source Type: research

Immediate Effects of the Finnish Resonance Tube Method on Behavioral Dysphonia
Conclusion: The Finnish resonance tube method increased phonatory comfort and vocal changes suggestive diminished hyperfunction. (Source: Journal of Voice)
Source: Journal of Voice - October 10, 2013 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Sabrina Mazzer Paes, Fabiana Zambon, Rosiane Yamasaki, Susanna Simberg, Mara Behlau Source Type: research

Acoustic Investigation of Stress Patterns in Parkinson's Disease
Conclusions: A reduced ability to express stress seems to be the distinctive pattern of hypokinetic dysarthria, even in the early stages of PD. Because PD patients were able to consciously improve their speech performance using multiple acoustic cues, the introduction of speech therapy may be rewarding. (Source: Journal of Voice)
Source: Journal of Voice - October 4, 2013 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tereza Tykalova, Jan Rusz, Roman Cmejla, Hana Ruzickova, Evzen Ruzicka Source Type: research

Autologous fat grafting for the treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency: State of the art
Conclusions: Despite potential benefits of autologous fat grafting for velopharyngeal insufficiency, questions remain as to patient selection, safety, and optimal graft volume and injection sites. This review underscores the need for standardized assessment methods and prospective comparative studies or randomized controlled trials to compare fat grafting with established velopharyngoplasty techniques to better define indications for its use. (Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery)
Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - October 2, 2013 Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: A. Bishop, P. Hong, M. Bezuhly Tags: Review Source Type: research

Palatal bone distraction an option for velopharyngeal incompetency after repeatedly failed velopharyngeal flap surgery
Background and objectives: A Stickler Syndrome patient with a surgically repaired cleft palate was referred to Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic after he received previously repeated velopharyngeal flaps and still had a speech problem. The largest Facial Cleft Deformity Unit in Africa and IAOMS Training Fellowship Centre (University of Pretoria) with 3791 cleft patients, has 2969 (78.3%) cleft soft palate cases, which presents in various categories of cleft lip and palate. The purpose of this study is to assess an alternative surgical application of palatal bone distraction in treating velopharyngeal incompetency (VPI), as wel...
Source: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - October 1, 2013 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: S.Y. Htun, K.W. Bütow Source Type: research

Psychosocial aspects associated with peripheral facial paralysis in sequelae stage: clinical case study
Este estudo tem como tema descrever e analisar o processo terapêutico fonoaudiológico de uma paciente na fase sequelar da paralisia facial periférica, com ênfase nos aspectos psicossociais implicados no processo terapêutico. É um estudo do caso clínico de sujeito do sexo feminino, 52 anos, na fase sequelar da paralisia facial periférica, atendida no período de março a julho de 2010. O material clínico foi registrado sistematicamente por escrito, e as expressões faciais foram fotografadas regularmente durante o processo terapêutico. Os dados foram analisados na perspectiva biopsicossocial. O quadro de paralisia...
Source: Revista CEFAC - September 26, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Intensive speech therapy and cleft palate: case report
This article reports the experience with a case of intensive speech therapy, comparing the performance in speech production of a patient of 25 years operated cleft palate before and after intensive speech therapy. The service was conducted from July to August, 2009. Had the duration of 30 minutes daily, with the first service was held history and speech and last only a new evaluation, and 18 sessions of intensive care, totaling 20 sessions. Was videotaped sample of spontaneous speech, repetition of a list of words and phrases, and finally, the therapeutic tests in order to determine which phonemes the patient was easier to...
Source: Revista CEFAC - September 26, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Survey protocols and diagnostic methods applicable in the autism speech therapy clinic: a literature review
The objective of this research was to assess methods and protocols of assessment and diagnosis of the autistic disorder, available in Brazilian literature, that could be applied to the clinical speech therapy. Based on several references, ten protocols were found: seven were translated and validated from a foreign language into Brazilian Portuguese and three were developed in Brazil. No Brazilian publications were found using four out of the ten instruments that aimed at screening or diagnosing suspected cases or under risk of autism. It is also clear the minor participation of the speech therapist in such process. Additio...
Source: Revista CEFAC - September 26, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Quality of life analysis in laryngeal cancer patients at a referral hospital in Southeastern Brazil
CONCLUSIONS: the quality of life of patients in the study can be evaluated as satisfactory, being influenced by the physical well-being and functional. The questionnaire Functional Assessment Cancer Therapy-Head & Neck, specific for head and neck, showed that economic factors, clinical and functional, demographic are also linked to quality of life of patients with laryngeal cancer. Also demonstrated was the importance of speech therapy and nutritional rehabilitation treatment gain in quality of life of patients. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - September 26, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Are rehabilitation services following stroke accessed equitably in Australia?: findings from the psychosocial outcomes in stroke (POISE) cohort study
This study examines the determinants of physiotherapy and speech therapy utilisation in rehabilitation within a cohort of young stroke survivors in Australia. Methods: Psychosocial Outcomes in StrokE (POISE) was a three-year prospective observational study involving stroke survivors between the ages of 18 and 65 years recruited within 28 days of stroke. It was conducted in 20 stroke units in Australia. Participants were interviewed at 28 days (baseline), 6 and 12 months after stroke about their demographic and socioeconomic background, economic and health outcomes and the use of services. The primary outcome in this paper ...
Source: BMC Public Health - Latest articles - September 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephen JanBeverley EssueNick GlozierRichard LindleyQiang LiMaree Hackett Source Type: research

Progressive dysarthria and dysphagia in an otherwise healthy girl
A 17-year-old girl was referred to our neurology clinic by her primary care physician for atrophy and twitching of her tongue. She reported dysarthria and dysphagia, which had progressed insidiously over the last few weeks. She denied any fluctuation of her symptoms and any neuralgia. Her past medical history was otherwise unremarkable. Neurological examination revealed atrophy and fasciculations on the left side of her tongue and deviation of the tongue to the left upon protrusion (A). Cranial nerve examination did not show any other cranial nerve involvement. Motor, sensory and cerebellar examinations were within normal ...
Source: Neuromuscular Disorders - September 23, 2013 Category: Neurology Authors: Pinar Kahraman Koytak, Hande Alibas, Gazanfer Ekinci, Kayihan Uluc Tags: Picture of the Month Source Type: research

P 126. Righthemispheric inhibitory rTMS in patients with letfsided brain infarcts: Effect on cerebral blood flow using PET and speech performance
Discussion: rTMS with inhibitory effect on the rightsided homologous speech area plus speech therapy in patients with left sided brain infarcts and aphasia results in better recovery of language performance compared to patients who received speech therapy only. (Source: Clinical Neurophysiology)
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - September 19, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Authors: A. Hartmann, I. Rubi-Fessen, W.-D. Heiß, L. Kracht, J. Kessler, T. Rommel Tags: Society Proceedings Source Type: research

Stuttering preschoolers fare as well, if not better
New research from Australia suggests that stuttering is more common among preschoolers than first thought and refutes the idea that it is associated with developmental problems. If anything, the study, which followed 1600 children from birth to age 4, found the opposite: stuttering was tied to better language and non-verbal skills, and showed no discernible link with mental or emotional drawbacks. The findings also support the idea that for many cases of preschool stuttering, "watch and wait" may be better than giving speech therapy straight away... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Taiwanese researchers demo the quantified tooth
One of the mantras for the quantified self movement seems to be that no place is off-limits for a sensor. MobiHealthNews has written about sensors in clothing, belt sensors, brain wave sensors on the forehead, ingestible sensors, sensors in toothbrushes and sensors in forks. Now a team of researchers from the National Taiwan University in [...] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 30, 2013 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized accelerometer concussion detection dental sensor food intake food sensor implantable sensors National Taiwan University in Taipei speech therapy wearable sensors X2 Biosystems Source Type: news

Primary progressive aphasia and the language network: The 2013 H. Houston Merritt Lecture
Objective: Review of clinical and biological features of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Results and conclusions: The PPA syndrome arises when language-dominant (usually left) hemisphere becomes the principal target of neurodegeneration. Depending on the distribution of neuronal loss within the language network, agrammatic (PPA-G), logopenic (PPA-L), and semantic (PPA-S) subtypes are identified. The most common underlying neuropathology is frontotemporal degeneration with tauopathy in PPA-G, frontotemporal degeneration with TDP-43 proteinopathy in PPA-S, and Alzheimer pathology in PPA-L. When Alzheimer pathology is det...
Source: Neurology - July 29, 2013 Category: Neurology Authors: Mesulam, M.- M. Tags: All Cognitive Disorders/Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Corticobasal degeneration, Dementia aphasia SPECIAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Vocal, laryngeal and self-perception measurements of dysphonic teachers: analysis after voice therapy
CONCLUSIONS: there was an improvement of hearing-perceptual parameters grade of dysphonia (G) and roughness (R), acoustic parameters of perturbation of frequency and amplitude, in larynx image and a positive impact of voice in evaluated patient's quality of life after voice therapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - July 23, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Medical treatment and speech therapy for spasmodic dysphonia: a literature review
A disfonia espasmódica (DE) é um distúrbio vocal caracterizado por voz tensa-estrangulada, com quebras de sonoridade e que compromete a comunicação do indivíduo. O objetivo deste estudo é apresentar uma revisão bibliográfica dos tratamentos médico e fonoaudiológico proposto para a DE no período entre 2006 e 2010. Os tratamentos descritos foram: injeção de toxina botulínica (TB), miectomia, neurectomia, denervação e reinervação laríngea seletiva adutora, tireoplastia, miotermia tiroaritenóidea com radiofrequência, injeção de lidocaína, homeopatia e tratamento fonoaudiológico (fonoterapia). O uso de...
Source: Revista CEFAC - July 23, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research