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by Jeff Rasansky - December 6, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

When a person has cerebral palsy, often the speech ability of an individual is affected. As a result, people with cerebral palsy often undergo various speech methods or speech therapy.

Speech therapy is extremely helpful to children with cerebral palsy as this type of treatment teaches cerebral palsy clients to take full advantage of their speech capabilities. In turn, a person with cerebral palsy can communicate better, and others can better understand what their particular wants, needs and viewpoints are. What is particularly great about speech therapy for people with cerebral palsy is people of any age can benefit from learning new speech methods. Of course though, early intervention always brings the most satisfying results.

For caregivers, there are also several Web sites that explain oral motor therapy exercises. Clarian Health explains how to exercise the lips, tongue and tongue base.

How does speech therapy help?

Quite simply, various speech methods that are used by speech language pathologists and/or speech therapists help people with cerebral palsy to establish better control of their mouth and jaw muscles. Further, these cerebral palsy children can also learn new sentence structuring techniques and even new words so that they can better communicate their needs. However, due to the fact that the severity of cerebral palsy varies from individual, there is no one “magic bullet” method that is currently used universally.

In cases where people cannot speak at all, cerebral palsy clients can learn alternate methods of communication that can include sign language and the use of communication aids.

Some of the alternative methods of communication include:

  • Using body languages, pointing and other gestures
  • Communicating through handwriting

Communication aids also are adapted to fit a certain person’s particular needs. If an individual cannot use his hands for instance, communication alternatives such as eye-pointing, head sticks, mouth sticks and other items are employed.

Additionally, some people can spell out what they want to say by using letters of the alphabe, while others may point to symbols or other pictures to determine what she wants to say. Moreover, communication tools can range from low tech devices to more high tech computer generated devices.

Of course, the best speech or communication methods are those strategies that allow people with cerebral palsy to communicate to the best of his ability in as many situations as possible. Overall then, when a people with cerebral palsy employs specific speech methods, they can greatly increase her ability to communicate and in turn increase her quality of life.

However, if someone you know, or yourself, has suffered from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, you could be eligible to seek monetary compensation to help compensate for this error. Contact our qualified team of cerebral palsy lawyers today to discover if we can help you learn about your legal rights regarding this unfortunate situation.  Call Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-405-4313 and speak with one of our highly trained Dallas birth injury attorneys.

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