The Role of Speech and Language Therapy in Alzheimer’s PatientsName : Dr. Noor Alwawi
Affliation : Speech Language Pathologist
University : University of Jordan
Country : Jordon
As a majority of us know that Alzheimer is the most common form of dementia, which is refer to memory loss and other problems of cognitive abilities that interfere with daily life.
Diseases that affect the brain may cause problems in talking, understanding speech, reading, and writing. These problems occur most often with Alzheimer's disease.
Speech language pathologists are involved in the procedures of screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of people with dementia, including individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (ASHA, 2005). SLPs are trained to work with patients suffering from memory loss or other cognitive impairments both to improve lost functions and to teach patients how to compensate for their deficits. AD patients have problems in cognitive aspects of communication such as selective attention, working and episodic memory, sequencing and problem solving (ASHA, 2016).
In other words, persons with AD require an SLP’s support and intervention to continue communicating at the highest functional level throughout the disease’s course through different methods. Regardless of the method used, early intervention is crucial for better and longer lasting results.In this presentation, I will introduce how speech therapy can improve the communication difficulties in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by presenting review of different studies were done on this topic.
My name is Noor Alwawi. I graduated with bachelor’s degree of speech and hearing sciences from the University of Jordan. I'm interested in speech therapy, so I have worked as a speech language pathologist in different job with a variety of population.. First, I worked at two of non-profit organization in Jordan and then I worked at Al-Najah National University in Palestine for two years serving different kind of disabilities and particularly kids with Autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I offered multiple lectures to increase the level of awareness among families who have kids with disabilities about normal and abnormal development of communications skills. I also offered training for teachers in different schools about the normal child development and the benefit of early recognition of child developmental problems especially those related to speech and communication.