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Speech Therapy

  • Individuals experiencing problems with communication, language, cognition, and swallowing can benefit from the specialized attention of PSHR's Speech Therapy Services. Our certified speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat a wide variety of disorders resulting from stroke, brain injury, cancer or other neurological conditions, including Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

    Therapy usually involves individual or group therapy training and education to help a person overcome or compensate for any difficulties. PSHR's speech professionals address the individual needs of patients diagnosed with a wide spectrum of disorders, including, but not limited to:

    • Aphasia — Aphasia is the impairment or absence of comprehension and/or communication skills as a result of an injury to the brain's language center. It can apply to spoken or written words and numbers and is most commonly associated with stroke and brain injury.
    • Apraxia — Apraxia is the inability to execute purposeful and coordinated movements even though muscular strength and mental capacity remain intact.
    • Dysarthria — Dysarthria is difficulty in articulating words due to a disturbance in the central nervous system. Speech is characteristically slow and slurred. It is most commonly associated with stroke and traumatic brain injury. 
    • Dysphagia — Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing food, liquids, and even saliva, due to muscle weakness or paralysis. It is most commonly associated with stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Individuals may experience mild to severe difficulties when swallowing, including: coughing, choking or throat-clearing while eating or drinking.
    • Cognitive Impairment — Cognitive impairment is difficulty with attention to tasks; memory; reasoning; problem solving and executive functioning, such as goal setting, planning, initiating, self-awareness, self-monitoring and evaluation — as a result of brain injury or stroke. 

    PSHR also offers other treatment options including:

    • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD) — LSVT is a proven effective treatment program that restores oral communication in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) — beyond what current pharmacological and surgical interventions can offer.  Soft voice, monotone, hoarse voice quality, and imprecise articulation, together with lessened facial expression, contribute to limitations in communication. The LSVT-LOUD approach centers on a very specific therapeutic target — increased vocal loudness. This key target acts as a trigger to increase effort and coordination across the speech production system.