I perform comprehensive evaluations based on expressed or noted concerns. Formal and informal assessment measures are used to determine each clients’ strengths and weaknesses and to develop individualized treatment plans or training programs.
I treat adults and adolescents with a variety of speech, language, cognitive, voice and/or swallowing conditions, resulting from stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Therapy services are provided in office.
Executive Function Training
In addition to assisting patients through the rehabilitative process, I also support otherwise healthy individuals reach their full academic or professional potential related to his or her executive function skills.
EXPRESSIVE AND RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE DISORDERS
When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), he or she has a language disorder. These can present individually or simultaneously. A stroke or traumatic brain injury can result in aphasia, or a language disorder.
When a person has difficulty with their thinking skills, their overall communication status is impacted, decreasing their ability to fully participate in all aspects of life—social, educational and vocational. The most common causes of cognitive-communication deficits are brain tumors, stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer’s disease.
MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS
When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly then he or she has a motor speech disorder. These are a class of speech disorders that disturb the body’s natural ability to speak due to neurologic impairments. If the neurologic impairment causes weakness in the muscles needed to produce speech this is called dysarthria. If the neurologic impairment impacts the ability to execute the motor movements needed for specific speech sound production this is called acquired apraxia of speech.
When a person has difficulty swallowing or is unable to swallow they have a swallowing disorder or dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh). We all have problems swallowing sometimes. We may have trouble chewing a tough piece of meat, we may gag on food or have to swallow hard to get it down and we have all had a drink “go down the wrong way,” making us cough and choke. A person with a swallowing disorder will have trouble like this all the time.
When you have a problem with your voice, whether due to misuse, though the physical structure is normal (functional) or a physiological reason (organic), this is considered a voice disorder. A voice disorder is present when an individual expresses concern about having an abnormal voice that does not meet their daily needs—even if others do not perceive it as different or deviant.