Beth Weill, SLP-CCC
What could be better than to have our patients express their gratitude using the speech and language skills they've acquired…
The ability to eat, drink, speak and share ideas and emotions are skills we often take for granted – until a brain injury, stroke or other condition take them away. That's when the expertise of speech-language pathologists like Beth Weill can make all the difference.
"Patients come to us with different sets of challenges, different needs and different goals," explains Beth. "Helping them restore their skills requires the knowledge and creativity of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team. Together, we find the most effective ways to reach each patient, using an evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment. We draw on the latest research, advanced technology and proven techniques to improve the quality of life for each patient. That's what makes our work so rewarding."
For example, helping a minimally conscious or an aphasic patient gain the ability to express his or her basic needs verbally, perhaps with a communication board or a computer device, is "a remarkable feeling," Beth admits. "Similarly, we can enable many individuals to return to work by helping them relearn attention, memory, reasoning and problem-solving skills."
With specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia or swallowing disorders, Kessler's speech-language pathologists, in collaboration with the patient's treatment team, particularly the dietitian, also help patients progress from using a feeding tube for nutritional needs to being able to enjoy a meal with friends and family.