Are you or a loved one struggling with communication as a result of a stroke or brain injury?

You're in the right place, I’m here to help you

Are you or a loved one struggling with communication as a result of a stroke or brain injury?

You're in the right place, I’m here to help you

Freeman Speech Practice

Supporting stroke survivors to communicate with confidence

Communication Difficulties

Do you find it difficult to have conversations or to use the telephone? Exercises and advice are available to help with speech problems.

Swallowing Difficulties

Is eating or drinking a problem? Helpful and friendly advice and strategies for swallowing problems.

Speech Therapy at The Freeman Speech Practice

Are you, or someone you care for struggling with speech, language or communication because of a stroke or brain injury?

  • I feel frustrated
  • I feel embarrassed
  • I feel alone
  • I feel fed up
  • I feel stupid
  • I feel scared
  • I feel self-conscious
  • I find talking an effort
  • I find talking exhausting
  • I have no confidence

These are just some of the ways I have heard living life with communication challenges described by stroke survivors over the years. Having worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for around 20 years, I am all too aware of how devastating, worrying and distressing communication difficulties can be.

BUT I also know that the struggles you, or the person you are caring for, are living with now are not necessarily permanent.

Working with Ruth Freeman has been very rewarding, and I have made good advances in my speech through the application of her mantra; 'practice, practice, practice'. Confirmation of the extent of this progress came in the comment from another Speech & Language Therapist who said that 'the intelligibility of my speech was a lot better than he would expect considering my vocal cords are not working properly'. I put this down, largely, to Ruth's hard work and ability to target the program to my individual needs, reworking the direction and materials on an almost weekly basis.

When I first started working with Ruth, I had virtually no speech, and spelt everything out on a letter board. Although I still have some work to do around pronunciation and speed, with Ruth's hard work and dedicated assistance, my speech has come so far that I long ago disposed of the letter board, and now rarely feel the frustration of not being understood.

- Phil, Solihull

I was impressed with how Ruth interacted with my father and the interest she showed in other aspects of his care that are impacting on his speech. She has liaised with the NHS speech and language therapist and other health care professionals so that they can work collaboratively to achieve progress for my father.

I would recommend Ruth because:

She gives feedback after each session on progress and what was achieved during the session. She is patient and understanding.

She has previously worked within the NHS and her knowledge in this area has also been beneficial when contacting other professionals in connection with helping my father.

- Sarah, Birmingham

Change is possible and I want to give you hope

Whilst every case is unique and no outcomes are guaranteed, I have personally seen improvements with individual clients over 2 years after their stroke.

  • Are you looking for someone to provide you with information, advice and support with speech, language and communication?
  • Do you want someone to really listen to your concerns and frustrations?
  • Do you want someone to help you achieve the best recovery that you can by providing specialist individualised assessment and therapy?
  • Do you live in Solihull or the surrounding areas?
  • Would you like Speech and Language Therapy delivered in the comfort of your own home?
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At The Freeman Speech Practice, I provide Independent Speech and Language Therapy for you and your carers within your own home. Working one to one in a relaxed environment is going to help you get the best results. We can work together, forming a strong team, to enable transformations which will result in the best possible outcomes for you and your loved ones. Recovery helps people to regain independence and confidence so that roles and relationships are rediscovered and a fulfilling life is recreated.

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