What is Long COVID?
While most people who contract COVID-19 will recover within several weeks, some may experience persistent symptoms which are disruptive to their daily life. Post-COVID conditions, or “Long COVID”, can affect a wide range of body functions, and can have long lasting impacts on communication, including:
- Changes in voice quality and function
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating (“brain fog”)
Speech-Language Pathology Evaluation & Therapy
Our Speech-Language Pathologists have specialty training in all the areas of communication that can be impacted by long-term effects of COVID-19 infection.
Assessments will be tailored to individual needs, and may include:
- Instrumental analysis of vocal quality and function
- Evaluation of laryngeal and respiratory function
- Cognitive-communication assessment to evaluate attention, memory, language, visuospatial skills, and/or executive function (ability to organize)
Using this information, your SLP will identify strengths/weaknesses, and develop a tailored therapy plan to help you meet your personal goals. A person-centered approach and focus on life participation will be used to maximize your function across your daily environment.
Links for Additional Information
CDC Post-COVID Conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects/index.html
American Speech-Language Hearing Association Adult Speech and Language Disorders: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/adultsandl/