Speech Therapy

Speech therapists, also known as Speech-Language Pathologists, are experts in communication.  They are professionally trained to diagnose and treat communication disorders. They also diagnose and treat swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. The therapists look at each aspect of communication and swallow function to help the individual reach his or her maximum potential. Speech language pathologist can also train individuals to use alternative tools for communication when necessary. Speech therapy in skilled nursing care settings may be used to treat communications disorders that arise from cognitive impairment from stroke or dementia.

Speech therapy can help with:

  • Swallowing disfunction
  • Cognitive and language problems
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Skills assessment/evaluation and treatment
  • Communication deficits
  • Communication devices
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Orientation
  • Impaired decision making
  • Memory loss/impairment
  • Safety awareness
  • Family and caregiver education and guidance
  • Return to home planning