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.
Shanna Campbell, SLP
Hunter Hendren, SLP
Speech Therapy Services
- Adult and pediatric speech disorders
- Cognitive disorders
- Feeding therapy
- Inpatient/Skilled Therapy
- LSVT LOUD
- Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- Swallowing disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
Speech and Swallowing Disorders
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:
- Voice: 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
- Communicating: 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 from difficulty in swallowing, or dysphagia.
Are you concerned your child's issues with food go beyond normal picky eating? If your child doesn't eat more than 20 different foods, often gags, chokes, or coughs while eating, or will only eat specific temperatures, tastes, or textures, you might have a larger problem on your hands.
Types of individuals who are treated in feeding therapy:
- Infants: Some infants may have issues with breast-feeding and bottle-feeding including latching or maintaining a latch, significant loss of liquid while bottle or breast-feeding, or an infant that appears uncoordinated or uncomfortable.
- Sensory Processing Issues: Sensory processing issues may lead to sensitivity to certain smells, tastes, textures, or temperatures.
- Oral Motor Deficits: Oral motor deficits are issues related to how the muscles of your mouth and face move and coordinate, and how strong they are. Signs that your child has oral motor deficits include avoiding or spitting out chewy/hard foods, not moving their tongue from side to side while eating, or excessive drooling.
- Medical Complications: Medical complications that can impact feeding include children that aspirate-meaning their food or liquid is going down incorrectly and into their lungs, and/or g-tube placements, which is a tube that goes to their stomach since they are not receiving all their nutrients from eating.
- Picky Eaters: Children who only have 5 foods per food group, or less than 20 foods in their diet could benefit from feeding therapy. Children may continue to gain weight normally, however, that does not always mean they are receiving all the nutrition they need for a growing brain and body.
- Other: Often there are more than one issue leading to difficulty with eating. Our trained therapists can help you investigate what is causing these issues.
LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®
Program for Parkinson's Disease and Neurological Disorders
Do you or someone you know suffer from slow or decreased movement or difficulty speaking at full volume due to Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition?
Ask your doctor about a referral for our LSVT BIG® & LSVT LOUD® programs. These programs are proven to help regain normal function and movement for those suffering from neurological conditions and help condition those with speech issues to better understand their speech volume and feel more comfortable using a stronger voice.