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Speech Therapy

The speech therapy program at Redwood Area Hospital addresses more than just speaking disorders. The program can also provide care for language and learning challenges, as well as concerns with swallowing at eating challenges for all ages.

While some speech and language problems present themselves in children, adults may also experience speech, language and swallowing concerns for a variety of reasons. Speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders and medical conditions from cleft palette or cancers to stroke or injury can all be positively influenced under the care of our speech therapists.

Therapy can involve a variety of tools and treatment strategies that help you communicate, process sounds, develop memory and thinking skills or even swallow safely. Your speech therapy care plan may involve speaking and therapeutic exercises, use of specialized diagnostic equipment, augmentative communication devices, education for self-help, adaptation and ongoing independent care. Our speech language pathologist can also work with caregivers to provide communication tips that can help ease everyday challenges.

The rehabilitation department facilities include private treatment rooms, a dedicated speech and language treatment room, and a pediatric specialty therapy room to provide the optimum setting for you or your child. As a parent or guardian, our speech and language treatment room has the ability for you to observe your child’s therapy through a one-way mirror and remote audio monitor, so you may experience your child’s care without the concerns of inattention and interruption.

Initiating Speech Therapy

From start to finish, you receive care in a setting that works best for you, from bedside care in the hospital to in-home care and outpatient care through our facilities and contracted schools. The speech therapy team provides flexible hours so you can begin your road to recovery as quickly as possible.

During your initial evaluation the speech language pathologist will evaluate your speech, language or swallowing difficulties. The therapist may listen to you speak and use formal tests to record sound errors. An oral examination or x-ray may also help determine whether the muscles of the mouth and throat are working correctly. Understanding how you process information and your methods for learning, thinking, and memorizing may be assessed as well. Additional assessment can specialize towards your needs for communication devices, changed drinking and diet preparations, and skills training to ensure everyday success in communicating or eating and drinking safely.

The length of your treatment and follow-up visits will be dependent on your needs, the therapist’s recommended treatment plan, and/or your physician or specialist’s recommended course of care. We also work with you and your insurance provider to ensure your optimum level of care individually selected for your unique situation.

Your Care Plan

Our care is driven by your goals, your expectations, and your needs. Because a typical appointment may be 30 to 60 minutes, we can devote our time to discuss your care and progress and work with you to provide personalized care throughout your journey.

Speech therapy can involve a variety of tools and treatment strategies that help you communicate, process sounds, develop memory and thinking skills or even swallow safely. Your speech therapy care plan may involve speaking and therapeutic exercises, use of specialized diagnostic equipment, augmentive communication devices, education for self-help, adaptation and ongoing independent care. Our speech language pathologist can also work with caregivers to provide communication tips that can help ease everyday challenges.

Our speech therapists are skilled in using the latest technology in augmetive communication devices, innovative tools such as use of iPad® Apps and technology, modified barium swallow studies with fluoroscopic evaluation, and standardized testing tailored to for your needs.

Our speech therapy team consists of a talented speech language pathologist and supporting staff who strive to provide a positive care experience.

Speech Language Pathologist:

Joann Anderson, MS, CCC-SLP

Supporting Staff:

Mary Johnson, Receptionist
Lori Serbus, Secretary