Speech Therapy

calendar day with speech therapy written as a reminderSpeech therapy includes treatment by licensed therapists for individuals who have developed speech, swallowing or cognitive problems typically following an injury or illness, as well as those with a progressive disease that has a new onset of difficulty. Treatment plans are designed to effectively address each person’s communication and swallowing dysfunctions.

Benefits of Speech Therapy

  • Aids in functional communication skills
  • Aids in safe eating/swallowing
  • Helps with alternative communication needs
  • Educates patient and family on compensatory strategies and home programs

Elements of Speech Therapy

  • Improving verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, including the use of augmentative systems when necessary
  • Improving oral muscle strength and functioning for speech and swallowing
  • Learning listening and response strategies to improve communications
  • Learning adaptation skills if a modified diet is required
  • Education on safe medication management practices
  • Assessing and treating changes in cognitive function

Conditions treated by Speech Therapy

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders
  • Anoxia (low oxygen)
  • Memory loss (Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia)
  • Swallowing difficulties
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