Speech and Swallowing Disorders
Speech therapists work with muscle deficits of speech, swallowing, and facial expressions. In addition, cognitive challenges can help increase the functioning of the brain to problem-solve many of life’s daily activities.
If you or a loved one is living with a speech and/or swallowing disorder, our Conneaut Lake, Saegertown, Meadville, and McKean speech therapists can help. At French Creek Valley Occupational and Speech Therapy, our goal is to help you return to your daily life with as much independence as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
What is speech therapy?
Our dedicated and experienced speech therapists are healthcare professionals, educated in the evaluation and treatment of both children and adults living with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing problems.
Our therapists address decreases in swallowing, cognitive, and/or communicative function following brain injury, stroke, and brain tumors, or coinciding progressive neurological conditions. They work hard to help our patients develop effective speaking and listening skills, improve loudness or quality of voice, preserve the pleasures associated with eating, or re-train cognitive skills, such as memory and word-finding.
Some of the most common conditions that our speech therapists work with regarding the improvement of speech and swallowing disorders include:
- Receptive, expressive, or pragmatic language delays in children
- Dysphasia (language deficiencies and difficulty with comprehension)
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple Sclerosis
How will speech therapy improve a speech or swallowing disorder in myself or a loved one?
Just like muscles of the body need strengthening and coordination, so do the muscles of the tongue and throat to make proper speech. Our speech therapists use neurological exercises and speech exercises to help patients with a wide array of speech/language difficulties.They also work to improve understanding, pronunciation, and forming of speech, in order to improve communication, socialization, and independence.
Our speech therapists also commonly work with dysphagia, or swallowing disorders. There are many actions, which have to occur in the mouth and throat in order for us to normally chew and swallow our food/drink. Because of this, dysphagia can occur at different stages of the swallowing process.
Our speech therapists work closely with you to determine the limitations during the swallowing process and to develop the appropriate treatment plan that will ensure the necessary intake of food and liquids. They will help the patient work toward strengthening and improving coordination of the tongue, mouth, and throat, in order to facilitate normal chewing and swallowing habits.
Consult with our Conneaut Lake, Saegertown, Meadville, and McKean speech therapists today:
If you believe you or a loved one could benefit from speech therapy, don’t hesitate to contact French Creek Valley Occupational and Speech Therapy today. We’ll provide the best treatment plan for your needs, so you can get back to living your normal life comfortably and independently.