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Speech Therapy

Helping restore your ability to communicate.

Speech therapy treats speech, language, and voice disorders with the goal of improving communication. This also includes prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, education, and rehabilitation of communication disorders.

Speech therapy problems may result from problems relating to:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Head or spine injury
  • Neuromuscular speech disorders
  • Stroke

Speech Therapy can help with treatment of:

  • Aphasia (the loss of the ability to use or understand words)
  • Apraxia (motor speech disorder where voluntary movement is impaired without muscle weakness)
  • Dysarthria (damage to the nervous system that affects the muscles used in forming speech sounds)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing regular foods/liquids)
  • Voice disorders

The mentioned disorders are treated with a range of activities including:

  • Audio-visual aids
  • Instructive or repetitive practice and drilling
  • Introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication
  • Sign language and use of pictures
  • Strengthening exercises
The speech therapists are highly trained to address and help patient overcome communication conditions as well as swallowing difficulties. The patient's deficits in memory, attention, and problem solving are assessed and treated as part of the plan of care.

Speech therapists work closely with the interdisciplinary staff to ensure patients safety and communicate diet needs and changes.

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