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?
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.
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.