We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders.Therapy focuses on improving our patients’ functional communication skills so they achieve greater independence in their daily life. We help individuals with the following diagnoses and conditions:
Results from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor or infection. It affects the individual’s understanding and use of speech and their ability to read and write. A few treatments include:
- Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) capitalizes on the patient’s preserved singing abilities to improve their language.
- Computer-based treatment such as Constant Therapy®, Parrot Software® and Bungalow®
- Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) involves the use of augmentative aids (such as gestures and speech generating devices) to help patients express their wants and needs.
Apraxia of Speech
We use a multi-sensory approach to retrain the speech muscles to produce sounds correctly and sequence sounds into words. Patients with severe apraxia may benefit from an augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) option, such as a communication board or speech generating device.
We provide therapy to individuals with developmental phonological delays, faulty learned articulation patterns and acquired articulation disorders.
Results from impaired movement of the muscles used to produce speech.
A few therapy approaches include:
- Speech strategies to improve their ability to be understood by others
- LSVT Loud® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), a technique shown to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders speak more loudly and clearly
- Family and caregiver training in communication techniques
Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
Individuals with right hemisphere brain damage frequently have an impaired memory, difficulty paying attention, poor reasoning and other cognitive-communication impairments. Our therapy is designed to improve the patient’s cognitive-communication abilities for daily life.
We restore voice to our tracheostomy patients by fitting them with speaking valves. The Passy-Muir® valve has been shown to improve communication, swallowing, secretion management and helps wean the patient off a tracheostomy.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Therapy focuses on improving the individual’s ability to communicate and achieve greater independence in everyday life.