Speech-language pathologists, informally known as speech therapists, evaluate, diagnose, and develop treatment plans for patients suffering from speech and swallowing disorders. Our therapy staff members work in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, home health, and area schools.
Speech disorders can be attributed to a variety of causes such as birth defects, developmental delays, brain deterioration, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and hearing loss. Speech or swallowing disorders can include problems with one or more of the following:
||Problems with volume, quality (hoarseness), and/or pitch
|Formation of sounds
||Difficulty with articulation, saying words incorrectly, or using one sound in place of another (e.g., lisping)
|Rhythm of speech
||Abnormal flow of speech, hesitation, or repetition of sounds (e.g., stuttering)
|Oral feeding disorders
||Drooling or difficulty eating and swallowing
||Difficulties using or understanding various forms of communication
Our Speech Therapy department works in conjunction with other hospital departments during the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of speech and swallowing disorders to make sure each patient’s unique needs are met and maximum potential is reached.
Additionally, our speech-language pathologist is certified in the cutting-edge VitalStim® technology, an FDA-approved, safe, and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty in swallowing, or dysphagia.
For more information about Speech Therapy services at HCCH, call (660) 425-0236.