Speech & Language
We provide comprehensive speech and language evaluations and individualized therapy. Concerns regarding your child’s speech or language develop, or if a family member has suffered a stroke or has been diagnosed with an illness that has impacted his/her ability to communicate, a detailed evaluation by one of our “ASHA” American Speech, Language, Hearing Association certified, Speech Language Pathologist.
We evaluate all aspects of a client’s functional communication then development a therapeutic program. Family members are asked to participate in or may observe the speech-language evaluation and/or therapy as this valuable information will enable them to help their loved one at home.
Dyslexia affects 10-20% of the population. One of our SLPs, Bethany, is trained in working as part of a team to diagnose and treat dyslexia. Reading is a very integral part of everyday life, and dyslexia is important to catch and treat at a young age so that children can grow up to be successful readers.
When you have hearing loss and then receive cochlear implants or hearing aids, a whole new world opens up to you. However, these wonderful devices are only a part of what you need to adjust to the sounds around you. Aural Rehabilitation is done with a Speech-Language Pathologist who helps create a treatment plan based on your individual hearing needs. This may include how to better communicate with a partner, how to set yourself up for hearing success in difficulty environments, which technology will help you best, and more.
Speech is a combination of knowing how verbal sounds happen, called articulation, controlling breathing and making rhythmic patterns with words. Having a speech disorder means being unable to do these things.Language is making word combinations, making their sounds correctly, and understanding what the words mean. Having a language disorder means having difficulty understanding words, called receptive language disorder, or having expressive language disorder, which means having difficulty making ones self understood by others.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder involves a disconnect between motor planning and the production of speech sounds; there is great difficulty planning and producing the movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for speech sounds.
Autism spectrum disorders are complex issues stemming from early brain development and may affect both verbal and nonverbal communication. They often interrupt the ability to adapt to social situations and may exhibit themselves in constant repetitive behaviors.
Stuttering is a disruption in the production of speech sounds. By changing the patients breathing pattern, their work speed, and by making behavior changes, great strides can be made to offset stuttering.
Adult Speech Disorders
Medical speech disorders in adults may be caused by cancer, ALS, a brain injury, stroke, dementia, or Huntington’s disease. When the diagnosis is aphasia, affects include: difficulty with cognition and/or difficulty with speech (stuttering, apraxia, voice issues, or dysarthria).
Swallowing and Videofluoroscopic Test
Dysphagia categorizes disorders related to swallowing. There is the oral phase, which includes chewing and the movement of the tongue in relation to the consumption of food. The swallowing reflex is the pharyngeal phase and the esophageal phase refers to squeezing food from the esophagus to the stomach. To test for swallowing issues, the radiology department may have the patient swallow barium then take an x-ray or put an endoscope down their nose then read the results on a computer screen. (This type of test is conducted in a hospital setting on an outpatient basis).
The Stroke Patient
Aphasia refers to language problems occurring after a stroke, which impact an individual’s ability to communicate. Speech therapy is designed to help the patient relearn to speak and communicate with family and friends. Therefore, therapy must include the involvement of friends, family, and loved ones.
Cognition (aka thinking skills) difficulties are common in people who have had a stroke on the right side of the brain, and they vary in seriousness depending on the location and severity of the damage. Speech therapy is designed to help the patient return to normal daily activities by learning strategies to aid in memory tasks, appointments, medication schedules, as well as conversing with family and friends.
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI
There are several categories of head trauma. A penetrating injury is caused when an object enters through the skull and is localized with damage only in the area of entry. A closed head injury happens when the skull comes in contact with a hard surface or sustains a blow. A primary brain injury may result in blood clots, nerve damage, a skull fracture, bruising to the brain, or lacerations from the brain moving from left to right, or front to back from a blow.
Our Speech Language Pathologists help guide our patients through the choices in the area of assistive technology and communication. The iPad is used at the center, not only as a therapy aid; but also as a communication device. Training is offered to assist the individuals, parents, caregivers and their loved ones with the general operation of the iPad as a therapy and or communication device. Our Speech Language Pathologist will recommended iPad applications that are best suited for the patient’s individual needs and abilities. These applications are designed to assist in communication as well as the development of speech, expressive language, and receptive language.