Speech—Language Pathology Therapy Services

Speech – Lanaguage Pathologists, sometimes referred to as Speech Therapists, specialize in communication disorders as well as swallowing disorders. They assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

These disorders can result from a variety of causes such as:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Hearing loss
  • Developmental delay
  • Cleft palate
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Emotional problems

Speech Therapists must be able to listen to and communicate with their patient in order to determine the right course of treatment.

Treatment might consist of the following:

  • Teach patients how to make sounds and improve their voices
  • Teach alternative communication methods, such as sign language, to patients with little or no speech capability
  • Work with patients to increase their ability to read and write correctly
  • Work with patients to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow
  • Counsel patients and families on how to cope with communication disorders


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