Speech Therapy Program
The speech therapy program focuses on improving the communication abilities and oral-motor skills of older adults and seniors. Every speech pathologist on our team believes in developing an individualized plan of care, tailored to each of our patient’s needs and goals.
Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists:
Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are essential professionals in every health care setting. Their expertise provides invaluable benefit to patients and other staff in managing problems (swallowing, communication, and cognitive-linguistic disorders) that affect patient’s overall health, well-being, and ability to benefit from other medical or rehabilitation interventions. The qualifications and expertise of SLPs in health care settings cannot be duplicated by members of other professions.
In the skilled nursing setting, speech-language pathologists typically assess and treat:
Swallowing disorders – the inability to swallow correctly.
Cognitive-communication disorders – the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions (e.g., self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
Auditory processing disorders – the inability to understand spoken language in the absence of a hearing problem.
Help individuals with articulation disorders to learn how to say speech sounds correctly.
Assist individuals with voice disorders to develop proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems for correct voice production
Assist individuals who stutter to increase their fluency
Assist individuals with aphasia to improve comprehension of speech and reading and production of spoken and written language
Assist individuals with severe communication disorders with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, including speech-generating devices (SGDs)
Help individuals with speech and language disorders and their communication partners understand the disorders to achieve more effective communication in educational, social, and vocational settings