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How does speech therapy help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Therapy can slow the impact of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on speech and voice. In earlier stages of the disease, a speech therapist can help teach someone with ALS how to make up for some of the muscle deficits they are experiencing. Typically, speech therapists will not recommend a regimen of exercises to strengthen the muscles in the tongue and mouth. They are more likely to focus on speaking slowly and articulately. Eventually the therapist may need to help the person with alternate means of communication, such as speech synthesizers.

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