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Lutheran Medical Center

Meet the team members dedicated to your care.

Speech Therapy

Difficulty with speech, communication or swallowing can make life a major struggle. Our therapists treat a wide range of speech and swallowing conditions so you can move forward more easily.

What is speech therapy?

Speech therapy treats cognition, communication, feeding, language, speech, swallowing and voice impairments.

Speech therapy focuses on four areas:

  • Expressive language - the ability to use words to express yourself or share thoughts
  • Dysphagia - the ability to feed and swallow
  • Mechanics of language - the ability to produce words or speech sounds
  • Receptive language - the ability to understand words spoken to you 

Our team works with both adults and children with these disorders. Learn more about communication disorderslanguage disordersspeech and voice disorders and swallowing disorders.

Speech therapy treatments

The symptoms associated with speech disorders vary from person to person. We ensure your treatment plan addresses your specific impairment.

The goal of your customized treatment plan is to:

  • Restore lost function
  • Improve existing abilities
  • Enhance communication skills

Your customized treatment will improve your abilities and boost your confidence.

We collaborate to provide comprehensive services by partnering with registered dietitians and audiology.

Conditions we treat

Our therapists have experience treating a range of speech, language and swallowing conditions. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Dementia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing Disorder)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hearing Disorder
  • Language
  • Laryngectomy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myofunctional Disorder
  • Neurological Motor Speech Disorder
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Speech Sound Disorders (Articulation Disorder, Phonological Process Disorder)
  • Stuttering and Cluttering Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (Cognitive Deficit, Cognitive Rehabilitation)
  • Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
  • Voice and/or Resonance Disorder

Helping children communicate clearly

Our speech-language pathologists use a number of treatments to help you or your child work through communication issues, including:

  • Training of muscles in the mouth to make specific sounds
  • Imitation of specific sounds
  • Play-based communication treatment
  • Assistive devices for more serious conditions

Concerned about stuttering? Take our stuttering quiz.

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