Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Our speech therapists treat the complete range of speech and language impairments with compassion and one-on-one care. Using the latest in speech therapy technology, they work with children and adults and can help you overcome your impairment.

Disorders We Treat

We offer speech therapy for the evaluation and treatment of speech and language impairments such as:

Swallowing Disorders

We provide videofluoroscopy evaluation of swallowing, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (VitalStim®) is available for the treatment of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and oro-motor weakness. The VitalStim® unit can improve airway protection during swallowing and facilitates improved pharyngeal clearance of materials after the swallow. It is also effective in treating facial drop.

Our speech pathologists are also trained to evaluate swallowing function through the use of a Modified Barium Swallow Study and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow, or FEES Testing. Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the Metro East to offer FEES evaluation.

Aphasia

Clinical and research evidence agree that patients with aphasia benefit from the services of speech/language pathologists. Our team assesses communication impairments to develop a treatment program to assist with the goal of helping patients with aphasia regain as much of their communication skills as possible. Communication strategies are developed in order to help the patient compensate for language deficits that remain. We also offer education and counseling regarding aphasia to patients and family members.

Voice Disorders

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) program is available for patients with Parkinson’s disease. We also provide treatment for a variety of voice disorders, including vocal nodules, polyps, vocal cord paralysis, and muscle tension dysphonia.

Cognitive Disorders

Treatment is available for deficits in attention, short-term memory, abstract reasoning and problem solving, and executive function for a variety of diagnoses. All aspects of higher level language skills (e.g. auditory processing, comprehension, and pragmatics) can be evaluated and treated.

Dysarthria

Oro-motor weakness, inefficient breath support for speech, resonance problems, and articulation disorders can be treated to improve speech intelligibility.

Foreign Accent Reduction/Accent Modification

Speech/language pathologists can provide systematic reduction or modification of speech characteristics that interfere with intelligibility.

Additional Treatments

Our team of speech pathologists is able to assess and diagnose difficulties in speech/language, cognition, and swallowing in people of all ages with the following diagnoses:

  • Developmental speech/language delay
  • Acquired neurological disorders (e.g. stroke)
  • Acquired childhood aphasia
  • Head and neck injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Progressive neurological disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Psychologically based communication disorders (e.g. social skills deficits, behavioral difficulties, problem solving difficulties
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Velopharyngeal anomalies
  • Laryngectomy

Why Choose Us

An audiologist is available to perform complete audiological assessments to identify hearing loss, middle ear problems, and more.

Our speech pathologists and audiologists provide patient counseling and patient and family education to promote speech and hearing wellness. And more importantly, they are experienced and knowledgeable with the compassion and care to see you through your speech therapy.