Our speech therapists develop care plans tailored to each patient's needs

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.

For individuals with little or no speech capability, the therapist may select alternative communication methods, including automated devices, as part of our speech therapy services.

Conditions treated by speech therapists

Patients who have recently suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury are often ideal candidates for speech therapy.

Patients with the following conditions may also qualify for speech therapy:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Motor neuron disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington's disease
  • Cancer of the head, neck and throat
  • Voice problems

Involving family and caregivers in the patient's treatment plan

We never underestimate the value of family involvement. We encourage input from patient and family in goal setting.

Our local speech 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 speech therapy techniques to use at home.