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Counselling and guidance for relatives of people with neurogenic diseases


Counselling and guidance for relatives is, in interventions of speech-language therapy for adults, of especially great importance. Dysphagia therapy constitutes an example. In our society, beyond pragmatic reasons, eating and drinking are associated with pleasure and refreshment and strenghtening. Relatives may find all the more paradox the therapeutic decision to prefer parenteral nutrition to oral food intake in order not to threaten the convalescence process of the person with dysphagia.

Here, empathy as well as counselling skills on the part of the therapist are in demand. In addition to information provision, also explanations on therapy and outcomes have to be formulated in accordance with the situation and the dialogue partners.In her seminars, Franziska Menzel considers the relatives´ perspective as well as resources as an important pillar in therapy. Client-centred material is being composed and reflected. Thus, the inclusion of relatives as major therapy partners is conveyed.


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