Having trouble finishing sentences, just can’t seem to find the right words?
Does the simple act of ordering a cup of coffee turn into an embarrassing scene?
Do people often find you hard to hear or understand?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time to get you back on track - an active participant in your life again, not just sitting on the sidelines watching it slip by.
I know you feel helpless...frustrated...maybe even angry about these new challenges you’re facing. The simple things you used to be able to do (like ordering a cup of coffee) that are now exercises in futility.
I get it - the aging process can take the wind out of anyone’s sails.
But sometimes, these problems aren’t because of the years that are stacking up.
They could be the result of something bigger, like a stroke, dementia or Parkinson’s.
Whatever your communication challenge currently is, I’m here to support you and your family through the recovery process.
I’m Beth Dolar, certified speech pathologist and founder of Speech Spark Services, LLC. As a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Speech Pathologist, I have over a decade of experience working with adults helping repair their communication, cognition, and swallowing concerns.
Imagine being able to hold your own again in a conversation about current events…
Or order your favorite meal in the diner down the road…
Or read a bedtime story to your grandchild…
That’s what I’ll help you do.
I’m fiercely dedicated and committed to restoring your communication so you can return to a normal life. I want to help you ignite the spark that still exists, even in the face of this giant, sometimes scary and frustrating, challenge.
Sometimes the prognosis you were told was WRONG…
Too often I hear the story that someone’s beyond help, there’s no hope or “they’ve always been that way”.
And I’m here to tell you that most of the time, it’s wrong.
Whether you’ve recently suffered a stroke or been diagnosed with dementia or Parkinson’s or you’ve been living with the effects for years, recent research has shown that the benefits of therapy can reduce or reverse the impact on communication and cognition skills, even after years of challenges like aphasia.
I’ll help you speak loud and clear for everyone to hear.
How I Work
I take a “Life Participation” approach to treatment. Which means that goals are chosen based on your priorities and interests, and what’s needed to help you restore quality and enjoyment in your life.
Together, we’ll decide if the best route is:
- Restoration, to improve your communication skills and/or cognition after a stroke, including aphasia recovery, or to strengthen your voice so you can simply carry a conversation again
- Compensation, where we’ll determine new ways to communicate if needed, provide caregivers with customized training on what THEY can do to help, and change the environment to better meet your special needs
I’ve found from experience that most often, a combination of these approaches gets the best results - and research proves this to be true.
When you work with me, we’ll work together to identify your strengths, identify and improve weaknesses, and make behavioral and environmental adjustment to enhance communication abilities to make your life easier, longer.
About the Treatment
The treatment programs are based on intensive research that maximize progress. I see clients in a private, one-on-one setting in the convenience of their home, so they can concentrate on the tasks at-hand - like function and carryover of skills - instead of being distracted by a strange or uncomfortable setting.
Because of the intense focus I dedicate to my clients, the number of people I work with at once is limited. Unlike home health or outpatient clinics, my scheduling is flexible to work with your schedule. Sessions with me are usually 30-60 minutes each, up to 4 times a week instead of brief, 30 minute sessions, once or twice a week.
And all programs include home exercises so you can continue your progress between sessions.
Set up a free consultation now to assess your situation and if you’ll benefit from my services.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens after the consult?
If we decide to move forward,
- You’ll fill out the required paperwork
- If needed, we’ll get a prescription for speech therapy from your doctor and schedule the evaluation
- We’ll go over the evaluation results, decide on goals and tailor a treatment plan for you
Who’s a good candidate for therapy?
The best candidate is the motivated one! If you’re willing to put in the work and have hope that you (or your loved one) CAN improve, then you’re a perfect candidate. It’s vital that both you and your caregivers believe the program will work and expect improvement.
Changing neuro pathways in your brain is takes work and lots and lots of practice. Improving vocal strength takes exercise. And compensating means the person has to be willing to change, willing to try something new.
Therapy is hard work. I’ll guide your practice and tasks, teach you and your loved ones everything you need to know and do. Like anything, the more effort you put in, the more progress you’ll see.
What if I have trouble with something you’ve given me to do?
Treatment is individualized, that means it’s tailored to YOU. If you are having difficulty implementing one idea, we’ll try another. Can’t remember to practice? We’ll work out a plan to help.
When should I contact you?
In general, earlier treatment is better, BUT it's almost never too late for someone to benefit from speech therapy services with a skilled Speech Language Pathologist.
I don’t live in the Green Bay area - can I still work with you?
Absolutely! I have a number of clients who work with me online.
Do you accept Insurance?
I accept private pay -- Cash, Check, Credit cards, due at the time of services rendered unless prior arrangements are made.
If you have Medicare, many services are covered 80% under Medicare Part B.
You also may be able to seek reimbursement from your insurance company for some services. Ask your insurance company about their out-of-network coverage. If requested, I can provide a receipt/invoice documentation for you to seek reimbursement.
Every moment that passes is one that’s slipped by where you could be communicating better.
How will you spend the next one?
Here’s a taste of what I've helped restore for people like you:
- Ordering their own cup of coffee
- Shout "BINGO!"
- Read a story to their grandchildren
- Hold their own when debating with family or friends
- Understand directions
- Read and discuss the news and current events
It’s not too late to get your life back...as an active participant instead of a bench-warmer.
Here are the areas I currently specialize in:
Wherever you are in your communication journey, wherever you want to go, I’ll help you get there.
Have questions? Contact me.
Ask your doctor about speech therapy, and the latest research that shows there CAN be improvement, even years after a stroke. Then get a prescription for speech therapy and give me a call to get started.