Services Provided – Speech & Language Therapy
I perform comprehensive evaluations based on your expressed concerns and diagnosis. This helps me identify areas of strengths and weaknesses you might be experiencing within your home, school or professional environments and allows me to create personalized and functional therapy plans or training programs.
I provide traditional speech and language therapy services to adults and adolescents with a variety of speech, language, cognitive, voice and/or swallowing conditions, resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neuro-based disorders.
Therapy services are provided in office.
Executive Function Training
In addition to traditional speech and language therapy, I also offer executive function training for individuals who would like help reaching their full academic or professional potential. The term used to describe the complex group of cognitive processes that help people with self-management and achieving goals is 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 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. 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 a bite down and we’ve 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.
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 don’t perceive it as different or deviant. When you have a problem with your voice due to misuse, though the physical structure is normal, this is referred to a functional voice disorder. Voice disorders that are physiological in nature are called organic and can stem from physical changes in the voice mechanism (swelling, nodules, etc.) or problems with the nerves that control the function of the larynx (vocal fold paralysis, vocal tremor, etc.)