Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech Therapy for Strokes and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Improving skills, enhancing relationships, creating communication!

Adults who experience strokes, traumatic brain injuries or other acquired neurogenic speech and language disorders need to experience rehabilitation within the context of their life.

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Bachelor’s of Science – 2007

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Master’s of Science – 2010

Common Questions

“My loved one had a stroke and the therapists don’t speak English…”

When your loved one has a stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other neurogenic speech or language disorder it can be devastating and you may not know which way to turn.  You hear words like aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia.  Doctors talk about memory loss, expressive and receptive language problems, cognitive problems, and executive function disorders.  How do you make sense of all of this, and, more importantly, how does your loved one overcome these problems?

 I will sit with you and discuss and explain everything I understand, and if there is something I don’t understand I will work to find the answer.  My job is not only to help you or your loved one improve, but also to help you see your path ahead so we can walk that path together.

On that path you will find many doctors and other professionals who are focused on regaining basic function.  While I can help you with this, my overall goal is not just to help you with basic functions but to help you soar past that and achieve the life you want again.  I will work hard with you to redevelop all of your past skills and develop new ones so you can live a truly fulfilling and joyful life.

I don’t take the route many therapists take, with flash cards or other drill exercises.  Instead, we will work together on things you care about.  I can find a way to make anything you enjoy therapeutic, including reading books, making videos, writing books or articles, writing programs, or anything else you find passion in or want to learn.

“What should I do?”

Immediate Communication Needs

One of the very first concerns is getting your loved one communicating again.  Being able to tell doctors, nurses and family members what is happening to them and what they are feeling is incredibly important.  We can work together to create communication systems that your loved one can use to make sure people understand them and their needs.  

Creating a Rehabilitative Environment

When recovering from a stroke, head injury or other disorder that creates brain damage, one of the most important things to do is to create an environment where communication is necessary and successful.  Let’s put it this way:  If you always get everything you want without communicating, you have no real motivation to communicate, but if you never get anything you want or need even with your best communication strategies, you’ll also lose all motivation to communicate.  Our job is to make you or your loved one successful but not make it so easy that you or your loved one doesn’t need to try to communicate at all.

Compensatory Strategies

For most people with communication deficits, some sort of strategy to make yourself understood is needed.  Some of these are verbal, such as talking around the word you can’t think of, some are physical, such as using communication boards, signs, apps or other methods of augmenting your communication.  We can work together to find what works for you and what makes you feel comfortable. 

Long-Term Rehabilitation

As much as I wish I could say that we can ‘fix’ a stroke in a few months, the reality is that for the vast majority of people this is a many year, sometimes lifelong, commitment to improvement.  Over time it will get better, and some things will become even better than before your stroke, but some things will be difficult for years and will take continuous work to overcome.  While many professionals work to help you become functional, I take the approach of working to help you become everything you want to be.

About Seth Koster

Seth Koster is a Speech-Language Pathologist and sought after international speaker.

He has lectured and taught at universities and hospitals in the United States and Asia on topics including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech and working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations.

He has worked in early intervention, educational, and medical settings, both as a clinician as well as a Program Director.

He currently runs an online private practice, serving clients throughout the world.

Seth Koster, M.S. CCC-SLP