Speech Therapy Services for Children and Adults
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provides patients with skilled speech-language pathologists who provide evaluation and therapy services for individuals across the lifespan, ranging from infants to geriatrics.
To schedule an appointment with a visiting specialist from Central Rehabilitation, please call 515-224-0979.
What are the common communication problems children experience?
Speech production: Pronouncing all sounds in words.
Language: Understanding language, building vocabulary, following directions or expressing them.
Stuttering: Maintaining fluent speech
Why is speech/language therapy recommended for children?
- Correctly produce speech sounds, so the child is easily understood.
- Building understanding of language, so the child is able to follow directions easily.
- Teaching language expression, so the child can speak in sentences.
- Building vocabulary, so the child uses a wide variety of words.
- Train the use of fluent speech when a child stutters.
- Help a child learn to eat a variety of foods and liquids.
- Decrease coughing and gagging when eating.
What are the common communication problems adults experience?
– Aphasia: Reduced ability to understand or to express ideas.
– Dysarthria: Muscle weakness which impairs the ability to speak clearly.
– Apraxia: Impairment in sequencing of muscle movement for speech.
– Memory: Difficulty recalling recent events.
– Swallow Disorders: Include managing food orally or difficulty in swallowing. A swallowing disorder may cause coughing, choking, drooling, pocketing, or pneumonia.
– Voice: Controlling voice quality.
Why is speech/language therapy recommended for adults?
– Coughing or choking when swallowing.
– Training ways to swallow foods and liquids to keep from getting repeated bouts of pneumonia.
– Improving clarity of speech production.
– Providing ideas to improve memory.
– Improve word retrieval.