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Bridging the Communication Gap

When someone says “speech therapy,” the mind may instantly jump to children as they learn to enunciate their Rs or overcome lisps. Many may not realize that speech therapy also plays a crucial role in improving communication between adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. 

When adults sustain a brain injury, suffer from a stroke, or show signs of dementia, speech can be affected. If this occurs, speech-language pathologists can assess the situation and develop a plan for improving speech as well as cognitive reasoning. These tools can get you and your loved one back on the same page. 

By strengthening problem-solving skills, memory, and speech, caregivers can better understand the needs of loved ones and patients can find ways to be heard. 

“For most adults with cognitive communication impairment, their single biggest hope is that they are not a burden. The ability to communicate thoughts, wants, and needs … that is freedom from being a burden,” says Holly Sullivan, local speech pathologist who hosts a support group for stroke survivors dealing with many issues, including speech.

Learn more about Support Groups.


There for You: Adult Activities Center at Gull House

If you have a loved one 60 years of age or older suffering from dementia, Beebe Healthcare’s Adult Activities Center at Gull House (now in Lewes) is here to help. Since 1987, the Gull House has been committed to supporting the community with an intermediate care facility to bridge the gap between 24-hour home care and nursing home care. 

Open Monday through Friday, adults can attend for customized programs and activities, providing a break for caregivers. The Gull House also hosts monthly support groups for families and caregivers the third Thursday of each month.   

For more information, call (302) 226-2160 or visit

This Article Appeared in the Winter 2017 Issue of The Beacon