Neurological Problems

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Neurological Problems

Neurological Problems occur after damage to the nervous system, such as injury to the brain spinal cord or nerves. Neurological problems can either be acquired, where the child acquires damage to the nervous system through an accident or sudden injury e.g. a stroke or head injury. Neurological problems can also be the result of a progressive disease where the nervous system will deteriorate over a period of time.

Neurological problems lead to a variety of difficulties depending on what area of the nervous system has been affected. Neurological problems can result in a difficulty with muscle function, language (both expressive and receptive), speech, swallowing and social communication.

What types of neurological problems are there?

Common neurological problems in children, which can affect speech, language, communication and swallowing include:

The effects neurological problems have on speech, language, communication and swallowing will vary for each individual child. The severity and type of difficulty the child has depends on the area(s) of the nervous system that has been affected.

Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial for children with neurological problems. The type of speech and language therapy given will depend on many factors including the type of neurological problem, the age of the child and the areas of the nervous system affected. Speech and language therapy will help to improve speech, language, communication and swallowing. In cases of progressive neurological problems, the speech and language therapist will help to maintain and promote communication and eating and drinking for as long as possible.

If you would like any more information on our speech and language therapy service, and would like to know more about the benefits of speech and language therapy for children with hearing loss and impairment, please email or call 0330 0885 643.

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