When your ability to speak, swallow, or effectively communicate with others is compromised, your quality of life diminishes as well. Our Speech-Language Therapy program at FCH aims to restore your ability to communicate and facilitates a swift return to normal activity.
What Is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a specialized form of treatment provided by our ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) licensed speech-language pathologist that specializes in the development and disorders of human communication.
Speech Therapy is for children and adults whose oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, or language skills have been affected by developmental delay, a neurological event/disease, head/neck cancer, or possibly debilitation related to an underlying medical disease process. Speech-Language Pathologists develop an individualized plan of care, tailored to each patient’s needs. They evaluate swallowing ability and make recommendations to alter nutritional methods or modify diets based upon aspiration (choking) risk.
They are part of a multidisciplinary team that works to restore functional communication and swallowing skills. SLPs may provide treatment techniques that include neuromuscular re-education of voice and swallowing muscles, activities to adjunct communication ability, and cognitive language techniques to restore or adapt communication skills and understanding of language.
Speech Disorders We Treat
Speech disorders that affect young children are not typically the same as those
hindering older adults. For children, our speech-language pathologists (SLTs) target
general speech problems including articulation and other issues that stem from learning
and hearing disabilities. Adults eligible for speech therapy may have similar problems or
medical conditions which result in difficulty communicating or swallowing.
Examples of medical conditions and developmental disorders speech therapy treats
- Down Syndrome
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Head injuries
- Head and neck cancers
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease