What conditions do you treat?
Mend Speech Therapy serves, but is not limited to, the following conditions:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Do you treat children?
What kind of treatment can a speech language pathologist offer adolescents with ADHD?
Speech and language intervention for the person with ADHD is always individualized, as each person has different needs.
- The SLP, along with other team members, will work with the teacher to change the classroom environment as needed (e.g., seating the student at the front of the classroom, having the student repeat directions before following them, using checklists and other visual organizers to help with planning and follow-through).
- Speech-language treatment will focus on individualized language goals. These include teaching better communication in specific social situations and study skills (planning/organizing/attention to detail). Again, language goals will differ depending on the needs of the individual student.
- A physician will work with the family and student to prescribe medication, if needed, to help with attention. If medication is prescribed, the SLP will work with other educational professionals to observe the student’s pre- and post-medication behavior. As part of the educational team, the SLP will communicate with the family and physician regarding any post-medication behavioral changes. Is the student drowsy? Is sustained attention better/worse? How long does it take for the medication to take effect? The physician will use these observations to adjust dosage, the time medications are administered and which medication is used.
Do you treat adults with an ADHD diagnosis? What about adults who suspect they have ADHD but have never been tested?
I have worked with many adult clients who struggle keeping up with their personal and professional responsibilities due to difficulties with all three aspects of communication: speech, language and pragmatic (social) language. These adults may already have an ADHD diagnosis or suspect they have been dealing ADHD their entire lives. Though I cannot formally diagnose ADHD, my assessments may include:
- Observing the interactions with peers and authority figures in the work setting and during formal testing
If a referral for further formal assessment by a physician is warranted, I can make that referral for you. Many times, a treatment plan can be implemented following my assessments.