Speech-language therapy can help prevent and treat communication and swallowing disorders. At Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), speech therapy is provided by certified speech-language pathologists.
Their team can provide a full spectrum of diagnostic, education and treatment services for disorders related to:
- Swallowing and feeding.
- Cognitive aspects of communication.
- Central auditory processing.
- Sensory awareness.
- Voice disorders
In addition, their staff can establish speech-generating devices for children with autism and people who have had a traumatic brain injury or cardiovascular incident.
They also offer VitalStim® Therapy, the only FDA-approved treatment for trouble swallowing, called dysphagia.
Do you or a loved one need a speech therapist?
Signs that a child may benefit from speech therapy:
- The child is not talking by the age of 2 years or uses less than 20 words.
- At age 2, child primarily gestures or grunts to communicate.
- Adults have a difficult time understanding a child after the age of 3.
- At age 3, the child leaves off many beginning or ending consonants.
- The child requires repetition to understand simple directions at age 3.
- At age 3, child does not combine words into two- or three-word phrases, and is less than 80 percent intelligible (able to be understood).
- Child's speech consists mostly of vowel sounds.
- At age 5, the child's sentence structure is incomplete; the child leaves out words or substitutes words.
- The child's speech is too fast, too slow, or doesn't flow naturally after age 5.
- The child is embarrassed and bothered by his or her speech at any age.
- The child is making errors in speech sounds after age 6.
- The child's voice quality is too high or too low for his or her age and sex.
- The child's voice is hoarse all the time.
Signs that an adult may benefit from speech therapy:
- Slurred, unintelligible, slow or stuttered speech.
- Use of nonsense words, difficulty answering questions, inappropriate answers to questions, or aphasia (problems finding the right words).
- Difficulty identifying objects, following directions or comprehending questions.
- Whispered, breathy, strained or strangled speech.
- Stuttering (initial sound repetition, whole or partial word repetition, phrase repetition, or blocking on a sound).
- Cognitive difficulties such as decreased attention span, memory trouble, or problems with sequencing, problem solving, verbal reasoning, or orientation.
- Swallowing difficulties (symptoms of aspiration, holding food in the mouth, residue after meals or persistent coughing at meals).
- Difficulty understanding written material.
- Difficulty using or understanding gestures.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, call PCMH Speech Therapy at 573-768-3216