HealthPoint Rehabilitation provides speech therapy for both pediatric and adult patients. The experienced speech therapists work one-on-one with patients in private treatment rooms in order to provide individualized care without distractions.
Problems Commonly Treated with Speech Therapy
- Articulation disorder: Difficulty saying speech sounds, for example saying "tat" for "cat."
- Phonological disorder: Difficulty saying classes of sounds, for example, saying "t" sounds for "k" and "g" sounds or leaving off ends of words, for example saying "do" for "dog."
- Feeding/eating disorder: Difficulty sealing lips on cup/bottle, difficulty with food textures (for example, not wanting to progress from soft baby foods to table foods), or having food get into the lungs.
- Swallowing disorder: Stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions can cause swallowing problems. Signs of a possible swallowing disorder may be choking and coughing when eating or drinking or a gurgling/wet sounding voice. A major risk with swallowing disorders is that food can get into the lungs.
- Language disorder: Difficulty with vocabulary, forming sentences, not talking to convey basic wants and needs, understanding simple directions, & difficulty with reading and/or writing.
- Fluency disorder: Difficulty with "stuttering."
- Voice disorder: Difficulty with how the voice sounds, for example, hoarseness.
- Vocal cord dysfunction: Difficulty breathing while engaging in athletic events, stress related activities, etc. that is not asthma.
- Cognitive deficits: Difficulty with memory or solving functional day to day problems.
Specialized Treatment Options for Improvement of Speech and Swallowing
LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) LOUD Program
- Improves both the voice and speech of individuals with Parkinson's disease by treating the underlying physical pathology associated with the disordered voice.
- Treatment focuses on improving vocal loudness and immediate carryover into daily communication enabling patients to maintain and/or improve their oral communication.
- FDA approved and used to re-educate tongue base and throat muscles for swallowing.
- This technique can also be used to treat weak muscles of the face which may cause drooling, loss of food or liquid from the mouth, or slurred speech.
Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation
- Used to treat swallowing disorders.
- Speech/Language Pathologists must be certified in order to provide the electrical stimulation for swallowing.