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Speech Therapy

Techniques for managing speech disorders

Speech therapy helps individuals of all ages with speech, voice, language, cognitive function, and swallowing disorders.

Speech pathologists are the professionals who diagnose and treat these disorders. These conditions make it difficult for people to express themselves, understand spoken or written word, or to swallow safely. These disorders can drastically affect communication skills, quality of life, school performance and social development.

Treatments we offer include:

Cognitive retraining
Changes to the brain which affect cognition often occur following conditions such as stroke or head injury. We will evaluate your needs and tailor a functional and individualized plan to improve your thinking, problem solving, attention and memory.

Aphasia therapy
Aphasia is the loss of ability to understand or express speech. Patients with aphasia would benefit from therapy to help with language comprehension, verbal expression, speech production, and pragmatic skills such as staying on topic or social appropriateness.

Articulation and phonology treatment
Is your child or loved one difficulty to understand? Let us help!

Stuttering treatment
This treatment helps improve fluency and modify stuttering production for enhanced communication skills.

Voice disorder treatment
Treatment is also available for those who have lost their ability to produce vocal sound due to conditions such as laryngeal cancer, vocal nodules, neuromuscular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disorder or laryngitis. Vocal hygiene and proper respiratory patterns are important for a healthy voice. Let us help you regain or maintain your voice.

Dysphagia/swallowing disorder therapy
This assists patients who have difficulty swallowing, which is usually a symptom of an underlying disease. These disorders can cause discomfort, dehydration, malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, and in some cases are life-threatening. Swallowing is a complicated process. We can conduct diagnostic testing, via a modified barium swallow study, to detect which phase of the swallow is affected and provide safe strategies and diet recommendations to reduce your risks of aspiration.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Everyone has the right and desire to communicate with the world around them. AAC helps people to be able to effectively use low tech or high tech devices to communicate. We can evaluate you for the proper speech generating device and help procure the most appropriate device as needed. Adults and children alike need to be able to access communication and engage with family and friends. Our team can help support you from basic vision boards to high tech eye gaze devices.

Speech therapy is available for inpatients and outpatients.
For more information, ask your physician or call HRRMC Rehabilitation Department.