Logopedics specialization dealing with diagnosis and therapy of different forms of communication disorders caused by damage of the central nervous system, both in the case of children and adults. A neurologopedist deals primarily with speech therapy in children and persons who do not speak and nutrition therapy in children and persons with eating disorders. The neurologopedic therapy is designated for persons who as a result of different factors (accidents, injuries, illnesses, development and birth-related factors) have lost or have difficulties with mastering correct speech skills. We always adapt the therapy to individual needs, capabilities and expectations of the patient.
What does the therapy consist of?
1) construction and functioning of the speech apparatus,
2) instinctive oral reactions, their development and maturing,
4) muscle tone of the oral area,
5) nutrition activities and functions – swallowing, biting and chewing,
6) prelingual skills required for learning to speak,
7) passive and active speech,
8) linguistic, communication and cultural-and-social competence, cognitive functions.
Who is it for?
1) Your child has a problem with speaking: a two- or even three-year old child does not speak at all or speaks very little and unclearly, has a speech defect,
2) Your child has a problem with eating: refuses the eat meals with a certain consistency, has difficulties with biting, chewing and swallowing, does not like hard foods, and you still give them blended and mushy meals,
3) Your child drools, has open mouth all the time
4) Your child was born prematurely, spent a long time in an incubator, was artificially fed,
5) Your child belongs to the so-called risk-group: they were born from an irregular pregnancy, with birth difficulties,
6) Your child has diagnosed neurological disorders, a genetic syndrome, disorders from the spectrum of autism, psychomotor retardation,
7) Your child does not speak fluently, repeats syllables or words, stutters.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN APPOINTMENT WITH A NEUROLOGOPEDIST?
1) If your child is under constant care of specialists (neurologist, geneticist, laryngologist, audiologist, phoniatrist, neurosurgeon, gastroenterologist) you should bring the medical documentation
2) Try to remember the history of your child’s development – when did they learn to sit up, stand up, did they cry after being born, how did the pregnancy go, how did the delivery go?
3) What does your child like to do? What does your child play with? You can bring the child’s favorite toy;
4) How does your child express needs, i.e. how does your child communicate – cry and scream, use gestures, or maybe use other, unique ways of communicating?
5) It is worth writing down what the child eats, what meals are in their diet, and what meals your child consistently refuses to eat; are they fed from a bottle etc.