What is Speech Therapy?

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a specialized service that helps children and adults improve their speech and communication skills. It can also assist with swallowing issues. It offers early intervention for children and supports adults with various conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and other disabilities.

How do I know if I need Speech Therapy?

Determining if you need speech therapy involves recognizing certain signs and situations. Here are some indicators:

  • The trouble with speech sounds, stuttering, or expressing thoughts clearly
  • Delayed speech and language development in children
  • Difficulty understanding social cues or engaging in conversations
  • Hoarseness, vocal strain, or rapid/disorganized speech
  • Problems with swallowing or feeding

If you or your loved one experience these challenges, consulting with a qualified speech-language pathologist (SLP) can help assess the need for speech therapy. They can provide evaluations and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to your specific situation.

What to Expect at a Speech Therapy Appointment

At a speech therapy appointment, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) will work with you or your loved one to improve swallowing or communication skills.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Evaluation: The SLP evaluates your swallowing, speech, and language abilities.
  • Treatment Plan: A personalized plan is created based on the evaluation.
  • Therapy Sessions: Engaging sessions with activities and exercises to target swallowing or communication goals.
  • Practice and Homework: Practice exercises or homework assignments outside of sessions.
  • Progress Monitoring: Regular assessments to track improvements and adjust the plan.

When you choose Franklin County Medical Center for your speech therapy, you can expect care in the following areas:

  • Inpatient Care
  • Outpatient care
  • Home health care support
  • Nursing home services

Conditions Treated in Speech Therapy

Speech therapy addresses various common conditions related to speech and communication. Here are ten of the most frequently treated conditions:

  1. Articulation Disorders: Difficulties with pronouncing sounds correctly, such as lisps, or difficulty producing certain sounds.
  2. Language Disorders: Challenges with understanding and using language, including difficulties with vocabulary, grammar, and forming sentences.
  3. Stuttering: Repetitions, prolongations, or blocks during speech, affecting the flow and rhythm of communication.
  4. Voice Disorders: Problems with pitch, volume, or quality of the voice, including hoarseness or vocal strain.
  5. Aphasia: Language impairment typically caused by stroke or brain injury, affecting the ability to speak, understand, read, or write.
  6. Apraxia of Speech: A motor speech disorder that affects the ability to plan and coordinate the movements necessary for speech production.
  7. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Speech therapy can help individuals with ASD improve their communication skills, including both verbal and nonverbal communication.
  8. Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Difficulties with memory, attention, problem-solving, and other cognitive functions that impact communication abilities.
  9. Social Communication Disorders: Challenges with social interactions, understanding social cues, and using appropriate language in social contexts.
  10. Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia): Difficulties with swallowing, including problems with chewing, food or liquid going down the wrong way, or frequent coughing during eating or drinking.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

Scheduling an appointment for Speech Therapy at FCMC by following the guidelines below:

  • Get a referral: At FCMC, you’ll need a referral for Speech Therapy from a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Chiropractic, or a Physician Assistant-Certified.
  • Check Insurance Coverage: Verify your insurance covers Speech Therapy services, as coverage varies for each plan.
  • Contact FCMC: Schedule your appointment by contacting our staff.
  • Initial Evaluation: Our Speech Therapist will assess your needs during the first appointment.
  • Treatment Sessions: Attend regular therapy sessions to improve your communication skills.
  • Insurance Billing: FCMC will handle coordinating your billing with your insurance company. Depending on your coverage, you may be responsible to cover some of the cost.

We’re here to help you reach your communication or swallowing goals. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Our Speech Therapy Providers

Ellise Rees, MA CCC-SLP

Ellise Rees, MA CCC-SLP

Speech Therapy

    Nathan Wayman MA-CCC-SLP

    Nathan Wayman MA-CCC-SLP

    Speech Therapy

      Our Speech Therapy Location

      Franklin County Physical Therapy
      53 S State St, Preston, ID 83263
      Hours:
      Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      (208) 852-4122

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