Speech Therapists assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent disorders to speech, language, communication, voice, swallowing and fluency.
Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice, those with problems understanding and producing language; and those with cognitive communication impairments; such as attention, memory and problem-solving disorders. They also work with people who have difficulty swallowing medicine, food, or drink.
The ability to swallow effectively is a vital human need. Newberry Hospital has various treatment approaches that address swallowing dysfunctions, including VitalStim, a progressive therapy that uses calibrated electrical stimulation. These programs help patients' achieve more effective swallowing mechanisms.
Speech Therapists can help with:
- Head and neck cancers
- Head injuries
- Swallowing difficulties
- Voice production
- Speaking and understanding words