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Speech Therapy


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


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