Better speech therapy, right from the word go
Being able to communicate and eat are two of the most important parts of life. For people who have problems speaking, eating, or understanding, Aurora BayCare’s speech therapy department is making a difference – one word, and one patient, at a time.
We address the needs of patients with a variety of speech and language disorders, including:
- Aphasia – language disorder
- Apraxia – motor speech disorder
- Childhood language disorders
- Developmental delays
- Dysarthria – motor speech disorder
- Dysphagia – swallowing and feeding disorders
- Vocal cord and voice disorders
Our unique capabilities include:
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (Vital Stim®)
Treatment involves compensation strategies (e.g. chin tuck, frequent swallows, checking mouth), altering food consistencies, and specialized eating/drinking equipment.
- Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT®)
Developed for people with Parkinson's disease, this treatment is designed to improve vocal volume and articulation.
- Modified Barium Swallow Studies
This special X-ray checks swallowing skills, allowing the therapist to identify positions and techniques to teach patients how to swallow safely.
- NICU Therapy
A specialized speech therapist helps critically ill newborns learn to feed and provides feeding education for parents.
- Facial Neuromuscular Retraining
This specialized therapy is for patients who have lost control of their facial muscles due to Bell’s palsy, nerve injury, or other conditions. This program helps patients regain coordinated facial movements.
- Specialization in Tracheostomy and Speaking Valves
We offer expertise in tracheostomy and speaking valves to evaluate a patient’s thinking and language skills, oral-motor and swallowing function, and ability to produce voice in different situations. A speech therapist can help ensure you and your caregivers know how to maximize communication
Adult Speech Therapy
Adult speech therapy services are designed to restore function and improve quality of life for adults coping with speech, swallowing, language and/or cognitive issues. As an adult, losing these skills can be devastating. We can help you regain your abilities or reduce these limitations.
Speech therapists help adults who have problems understanding written or spoken words, feeding and swallowing, or speaking clearly with appropriate annunciation and tone. Speech therapy services include:
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Brain injury rehabilitation
- Swallowing therapy
- Memory and cognition therapy
- Language therapy
- Voice therapy
Speech therapy can include tasks that will improve your ability to communicate, to understand others, to utilize thinking and problem solving skills, and/or to swallow foods.
Special services are also available for people who stutter or who would like to reduce the intensity of their accent.
Pediatric Speech Therapy
We help children learn to communicate effectively so they can become confident adults.
There are many reasons a child could experience speech and language delays. Our pediatric speech therapy team specializes in developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, hearing loss, processing disorders, fluency disorders, and other childhood speech delays.
Some children are hard to understand, cannot understand what is said to them, cannot hear well, or have a problem putting words together. Other children have trouble moving their lips and tongue that cause problems with speech or eating.
Speech therapists help children who have problems with communication, learning, and feeding or swallowing. Speech therapists address the following skills and treatment areas:
- Hearing loss and adaptive communication
- Cognition development
- Language disorders
- Fluency disorders
Your child’s speech therapy program is designed specifically for them using fun and educational activities. This program may include working one-on-one with a therapist, at-home therapy, or adaptive communication equipment.
Our therapists can also assist with educating family members, other caregivers, and your child’s teachers.