Speech therapy and language pathology services are available for patients experiencing any interruption in the communication process. As communication skills are necessary for physical and mental health, along with normal growth and development, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders is important to patients of all ages.
Pediatric speech language professionals are a part of the department and also administer care through Early Intervention Services. Pediatric treatments involve assessment and intervention for children from birth to adolescence who experience communication difficulties. It is important to note that even normal developing children can experience communication deficits.
Services also are provided for those with chronic illnesses, developmental delays or neurological dysfunction. Disorders include but are not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, seizure disorders and cleft pallet. Physical deficits such as hearing impairment, vocal nodules, and gastro-esophageal reflex disorders may also prompt a referral to OLBH’s Speech Therapy and Language Pathology Department.
The adult speech therapy and language pathology program deals with restoring speech and communication skills to people who have undergone a life-altering episode, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurological disease or dysfunction or laryngectomy.
For more information about Speech and Language Pathology services at OLBH, please contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or via email.