Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) at our facility provide screening, assessment, and treatment services to individuals with a wide variety of speech, language, and swallowing differences and disorders. Some of these differences and disorders include: articulation, phonological processing, express/receptive/social language, voice, fluency, swallowing, hearing impairments, and cognition. Common disorders treated by SLPs include: autism, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, stroke, head/neck cancer, COPD, and traumatic brain injury to name a few.
Speech Therapy Across the Ages
In infancy, babies often experience a variety of swallowing and feeding deficits. Babies can have difficulty with a proper latch for a bottle and/or experience coughing and choking episodes when the eat. When other disorders or syndromes are present, babies can develop oral sensitivities and can suffer from impaired muscles of swallowing. Other disorders that may require therapy could include children who have a cleft palate and/or cleft lip. These deficits can be addressed by an outpatient SLP.
As a toddler, children experience a boom in their speech and language development. This is a very important time for cognitive development as well and play skills start to emerge. It is not uncommon for children to experience difficulties with speech sound production, patterns of errors in their speech, and difficulty developing language and play skills. Some children at this age can be diagnosed with disorders that are known to affect communication including autism and Down Syndrome to name a few. When children fail to develop language, augmentative/alternative means of communication can be sought such as a communication device. These difficulties can be addressed by an outpatient SLP.
School-age children often can experience a variety of difficulties including apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, social language disorder, stuttering, voice disorders, and many more. Many of these children receive speech therapy at school but need additional services outside of the school to further their progress. These services can be addressed by an outpatient SLP.
In adolescence and teen years, some of the school-age difficulties can persist requiring continuation of therapy which can be addressed by an outpatient SLP.
In adulthood, people can experience a wide variety of diseases and problems that can results in speech, language, cognition, voice, and/or swallowing disorders. This could include traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and many more disorders all of which can be addressed by an outpatient SLP.
As an aging senior, people can experience many problems that require the rehabilitation of an SLP including a stroke, dementia, head/neck cancer, and a wide variety of other diseases and disorders.
SLPs can address differences and disorders from infancy to end of life care and provide rehabilitation for a variety of problems.
Our Speech-Language Pathologist Specialized Certifications
- LSVT Loud – for voice
- VitalStim – for swallowing
- Ampcare – for swallowing
When to Refer to a Speech-Language Pathologist
- Common diagnoses needing speech therapy – Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, ALS, COPD, autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental disorders
- Dysphagia – swallowing difficulties, coughing/choking frequently when eating, difficult time chewing, pocketing in cheeks, sudden weight loss, difficulty taking medications by mouth
- Speech – difficulty finding words, difficulty speaking, difficulty of being understood, pattern of errors in speech production
- Language – persistently incorrect grammar, poor social skills, loss of language, non-verbal communicator, inability to understand other people when they speak
- Hearing – a diagnosed hearing loss causing inaccurate speech/language
- Voice – a diagnosed voice disorder from an ENT, poor breath support for speech, decreased volume, hyper/hypo-nasality, tremulous voice
- Fluency – stuttering: either developmental or acquired
- Cognition – difficulty sequencing events, difficulty with memory, poor organization, inattention, poor judgment/problem solving
Developmental Norms for Speech/Language
National Aphasia Association
Articulation Home Practice