Speech therapists, also called speech-language pathologists, assess, diagnose and treat disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing and fluency.
Our speech therapists also teach individuals how to strengthen muscles or use compensatory strategies to swallow without choking or inhaling food or liquid.
We never underestimate the value of family involvement. We encourage input from patient and family in goal setting. Our therapists educate caregivers on communication disorders and swallowing issues and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany them. We help caregivers identify and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment while demonstrating techniques to use at home.
For individuals with little or no speech capability, the therapist may select alternative communication methods, including automated devices.