These conditions involve a progressive deterioration in functioning and are likely to affect the individual for life. They include amongst others multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Some of the disorders progress more rapidly than others. Some are unpredictable and typically have periods of relapse and periods of remission. Communication problems associated with progressive neurological disorders may be similar to those caused by injury or other non-progressive disorders affecting the brain and the body’s nervous (neurological) system.
Recognised characteristics of progressive neurological disorders that affect communication:
Speech and language therapists are often involved with multi-professional teams working with progressive neurological disorders. Speech and voice therapy may begin at the first signs of the disorder and continue on an ongoing basis, depending on need and fatigue levels. Management strategies will be given and reviewed as therapy progresses.
The following may form part of therapy input for people with progressive neurological disorders:
Some points you may wish to discuss with any therapist you contact:
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Last updated: January 26th, 2018