Speech therapists specialize in the treatment of speech, language, voice, communication and/or auditory processing disorders. They can treat speech fluency, speech sound production, etc. Our speech therapist, Sally Jakeway, is a certified vital stimulation provider. We specialize in the treatment of patients with dysphagia.
A Speech-Language Pathologist can evaluate and treat:
- Language expression and comprehension: Receptive language (the message ‘in’) is the ability to understand information. Expressive language (the message ‘out’) is the ability to communicate ideas and thoughts. Language deficits can occur with spoken language or printed information. An SLP can work with clients who may be having trouble understanding others or ‘getting the message out.’ Medical setbacks such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and progressive medical conditions can affect how a person is able to process and express information. An example is aphasia which is an acquired language disorder, most commonly from strokes (National Aphasia Association, org) that affects the production and/or comprehension of language.
- Cognitive-communication skills: This includes thought organization and planning skills, memory impairments, attention, and problem solving. This set of skills is important for safety awareness and decision-making. An SLP can work with a client to help strengthen cognitive communication skills and set up tools to support these skills.
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia): Difficulty swallowing can be a result from injury, stroke, illness, or a medical procedure. An SLP can work with clients on strengthening swallowing abilities and by making recommendations on appropriate diet textures. When appropriate, neuromuscular electrical stimulation may be used to augment swallowing exercises.
- Speech disorders: this can include problems with fluency, impaired ability to make sound, and changes in speech intelligibility. Medical procedures, medical conditions, and injury can lead to changes in a person’s ability to produce speech. Working with an SLP can help maximize speech intelligibility and enhance communication success.
- An SLP can also work with clients who need augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC) when verbal communication is impaired or limited. Options ranging from high-tech to low-tech tools may be explored.
The speech-language pathologist will discuss a personalized plan of care with each person individually.