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Speech Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech and swallowing disorders can be caused by an injury, illness, or genetic condition. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome these conditions. A speech-language pathologist is a medical professional trained to address speech and swallowing disorders. Patients participate in activities designed to improve their communication, fluency, and more.

Services include:

  • Assessment and treatment of patients with swallowing difficulties.
  • Help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, swallowing, and fluency.
  • Development of an individualized plan of care tailored to each patient's needs.
  • Education of patients on how to make sounds, improve their voices or increase their oral or written language skills to communicate more effectively.
  • Education of individuals on how to strengthen muscles or use compensatory strategies to swallow without choking or inhaling food or liquid.
  • Speech-language pathologists help patients develop, or recover, reliable communication and swallowing skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational and social roles.
  • Counseling of individuals and their families concerning communication disorders and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany them.
  • Work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment and show them communication-enhancing techniques to use at home.