Speech-language therapy

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.

Speech Therapy at Knoxville

Children's Therapy

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?

Primary care providers recommend pediatric speech/language therapy for difficulties learning speech and/or language that do not develop by themselves. A primary care provider may also refer a child with feeding difficulties. Speech/Language therapy provides benefits for many problems including:

  • 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.

Adult Therapy

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?

Primary care providers recommend speech/language therapy for adults following a stroke, brain injury or surgery affecting the brain or vocal cords. Speech/Language therapy provides benefits for many problems including:

  • 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.