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Our team of Speech Language Pathologists, also known as Speech Therapists, assess and treat children and adults who have communication, cognitive, voice, and swallowing impairments. Our pediatric Speech Pathologist has specialized training in pediatric swallowing diagnostics and treatment, as well as language development for children with delayed language and communication skills. We have specialized training in the most current techniques in voice and swallowing diagnostics for adults as well, including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).

Avita has speech therapy services available in Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario. Individual and group treatment sessions are available. Depending on a child’s age and needs, play-based or structured sessions are available.

WHEN TO USE SERVICES OF A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Anyone at any age can have a speech or language problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed and therapy begun, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Speech and language development is not a separate function but a continuous process involving every aspect of the individual — intellectual, motor, emotional, and social. Therefore, problems of speech and language may need not only speech and language evaluations, but also medical or psychological evaluations.

DIAGNOSES BENEFITING
FROM SPEECH THERAPY:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Articulation Disorder
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism/PDD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Expressive/Receptive Language Delay
  • Feeding/Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
  • Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Retardation
  • Pragmatic/Social Skills
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

 

HOW A SPEECH-LANGUAGE
PATHOLOGIST WILL HELP?

Speech-language pathologists are trained to evaluate speech and language problems. They plan and carry out programs to correct or modify the disorder or to develop other means of communicating. A speech-language pathologist also counsels individuals and families in managing the problem.

Speech-language pathologists are often members of healthcare teams. Depending upon the nature of the problem, they may work with physicians, surgeons,  orthodontists, psychologists, educators, counselors, or social workers.

WHAT IS APRAXIA OF SPEECH?

 Apraxia of speech is a disorder causing a person trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and with consistency. This is not usually due to weakness or paralysis of muscles, but due to difficulty coordinating movements.

PEDIATRIC FEEDING AND SWALLOWING:

Problems with feeding and swallowing  may include difficulty with sucking, chewing food, swallowing solids or liquids, coughing or choking when eating, and food sticking in the throat.  Therapy focuses on each child’s medical and nutritional status, motor skills, sensory systems, and behavioral/emotional capabilities to achieve efficient and safe oral feeding in line with developmental milestones.

PEDIATRIC MODIFIED
BARIUM SWALLOW STUDY:

A modified barium swallow study is a video x-ray examination performed jointly with the speech pathologist and radiologist.  This study allows for a detailed look at feeding and swallowing systems, including the skills needed for food and liquid management in the mouth and throat, to safely swallow.  A pediatric swallow study focuses on ensuring that food and liquid are channeled normally into the stomach and are not entering the airway.  It provides immediate feedback and clinical results, reducing the need for a “trial and error” approach to treatment.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing A feeding disorder describes the behavior of those who have difficulty consuming adequate nutrition by mouth, those who eat too much, or those who eat the wrong things. Dysphagia is a global term for swallowing difficulty. This disorder may include difficulty with sucking, chewing food, swallowing solids or liquids, coughing or choking when eating, and food sticking in the throat.

PROGRAM DESIGN:                      

The team includes certified and licensed audiologists, audiology aide and speech / language pathologists. This team assesses the patient’s impairments and determines their functional status to establish treatment goals. These impairments may include:

  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Autism
  • Speech / Language Delays
  • Stuttering
  • Voice Disorders
  • Aphasia

WHY WOULD A PATIENT BE
REFERRED FOR THIS SERVICE?

  • Enhance Communications:  Speech and Hearing
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Swallowing Difficulty: Pediatric and Adult
  • Evaluation of Hearing: Physician Coordinated Hearing Aid Dispensing
  • Speech and Language Delay: Pediatrics
  • Speech Therapy: Voice/Fluency/Accent Reduction

To make a referral, please call 419-468-0548. A referral can be made by an individual, discharge planner or physician’s office. A doctor’s order is required to schedule an appointment.