Adult Speech Therapy
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) specialize in treatment of disorders and impairments from a variety of causes to rehabilitate, train, and improve skills relating to speech, language, functional/social communication, voice, cognition, and swallow function. Patients are assessed on an individual basis with goals and treatment plans specific to their needs and prior levels of function in order to resume a normal and high quality of life.
Speech and Language Programs
Treatment plans are established to learn and establish new skills and strategies while improving those that were present in a functional capacity prior to decline. Speech programs specifically target articulation and intelligible production of verbal communication for optimal clarity and efficiency in daily interaction for social and functional purposes. Language programs target the use of our spoken language to meet functional and social needs based upon pragmatics, semantics, syntax, and morphology for normative and efficient communication skills.
Treatment plans are established to improve cognitive skills that are identified with limitations and impairments that have resulted from a variety of causes such as stroke, head injury, dementia, and neurologic diseases just to name a few. Examples of skills commonly addressed that are crucial to daily function include attention, memory, executive functions, and visuospatial skills along with a wide variety of associated cognitive domains. Programs range from those that encompass the individual only to those that also include the family and support system for safety, function, maximal independence, and quality of life.
Treatment plans are established and put in place based upon the individual characteristics that lend to abnormalities in vocal presentations. Such impairments can result from trauma, progressive disease, overuse/abuse of the vocal folds, and much more. Our most well-know and recognized program is the LSVT LOUD program that is directed toward individuals with Parkinson’s disease for the purpose of improving vocal volume, pitch, quality, and overall control in order to resume functional speech performance once again.
Swallow (Dysphagia) Programs
Treatment plans are established for the purpose of establishing a strong and efficient swallow to allow for avoidance of health risks and optimal nutritional intake. A variety of means of intervention, training, and strengthening are available to do so in order to ensure that intake of both solids and liquids are safe and functional to prevent aspiration and choking for the purposes of maintaining health and quality of life.
- Articulation, vocal function, language use, and word-finding for functional/social communication
- Feeding and swallow function
- Cognition, memory, orientation, and attention for daily independence and quality of life.
- Safety awareness and fall prevention
Pediatric Speech Therapy
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) specialize in development and advancement of communication and feeding skills. Speech therapy is a service for patients with oral motor, speech, language, voice, cognitive, and feeding impairments. Goals are directed towards optimizing function, increasing independence, and enhancing quality of life.
Evaluation Services by the SLP include:
- Assessment of oral motor function, swallowing, and feeding skills including pre-feeding skills, bottle and breast feeding skills, chewing skills, and acceptance of a variety of food types and textures.
- Assessment of speech sound production skills including articulation, phonological skills, and stuttering.
- Assessment of receptive, expressive, and pragmatic (social) language skills.
- Assessment of voice and resonance with acoustic, perceptual and direct visualization techniques.
- Assessment for high-tech and low-tech augmentative and alternative communication systems.
- Assessment of auditory processing skills.
Clinical Therapeutic Intervention Programs
Therapeutic intervention programs are individually designed to meet the needs of each child, and tailored with individual strengths and weaknesses in mind. Therapy services are geared to optimize function and foster increased independence across daily environments and routines. Evidence based therapy approaches are utilized to achieve the desired therapeutic goals. Home Exercise Programs are provided for families to optimize progress and carryover of skills to home, educational, and community settings.
Swallowing and feeding therapy intervention programs may include oral motor exercises, oral motor stimulation, dietary modifications, and specific therapeutic programs such as the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.
Communication interventions address all aspects of a child’s communication and may encompass multiple communication domains depending on each child’s specific needs. Therapeutic interventions are chosen by the SLP based on each child’s strengths, weaknesses, and the overall goals of their family. Therapeutic approaches may be adjusted throughout the course of treatment to ensure steady progress toward achieving the short term and long term goals of each family.
Conditions We Treat
This program is offered to assist in the development of communication, feeding, and swallowing skills for a variety of diagnoses including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Genetic Disorders
- Developmental Delays
- Cerebral Palsy
- Craniofacial disorders
- Hearing Loss
- Tethered Oral Tissues
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder
- Brain Injuries
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cognitive Deficits