Carianne Vermeulen Speech Therapists Inc. provide the speech-language therapy services at Cape Rehab Team.
Communication and swallowing difficulties can result from a variety of causes, including (but not limited to): Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other forms of motor neuron disease (MND), brain tumours, Dementia (including Alzheimer’s Disease), Guillain-Barre Syndrome, head and neck cancer, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
We know that communicating with others, specifically loved ones, is an important part of daily life. In addition, we understand that being able to enjoy food and share meals with our families is of equal importance and greatly influences quality of life. We therefore provide intervention in the areas of:
As speech and language therapists we provide a wide range of services and in addition to speech, language, and swallowing difficulties, we also provide intervention in the areas of:
Cognitive aspects of communication, for example: attention, memory and problem solving.
- Voice therapy focused specifically on voice production where symptoms include hoarseness, reduced vocal intensity, and/or breathy, strained voice quality, which hinders communication with others.
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication for individuals who are unable to communicate verbally and thereby allow active and meaningful participation within social-communicative interactions.
The practice provides intervention on an individual basis; however, support is also provided for family members and caregivers, as we feel that they are an integral part of the rehabilitation team. We provide services during any stage of the neurological condition, from the acute phase in-hospital, as well as on an out-patient basis following discharge from hospital or the rehabilitation unit.
We are passionate about improving each individual’s ability to communicate effectively and meaningfully and allow for safe oral intake during mealtimes, thereby ultimately improving quality of life through the rehabilitation of these functions.