The ability to communicate verbally is one that many people take for granted. Southeastern Med has five Speech Pathologists on staff who work with people of all ages to address troubles creating sound, pronouncing or enunciating, and even hearing and swallowing.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to speech therapy, often working with other professionals such as audiologists and occupational therapists.
There are a great many conditions or circumstances that could result in the need for speech therapy, including:
- Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome
- Deafness or hearing loss
- Facial malformations, such as cleft palate
- Neuromuscular deficits
We frequently treat children with developmental delays, as well as those with autism spectrum disorder and swallowing difficulties.
In adults, speech problems are less prevalent, but we conduct modified barium swallow studies and help patients with Parkinson’s disease retain and improve neuromuscular control. Many of our adult patients have suffered a stroke and are re-learning to speak and swallow with the help of our specialists.
We also work to help restore speech function after a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion or stroke.
Modified Barium Swallow Study
A diagnostic test performed in conjunction with radiology to assess someone’s ability to swallow. A speech therapist will use various types of food and drink with a specialized dye added to it. Specialized training is required to perform these tests.