Communication is important for people to express their needs, thoughts and to build personal relationships. It can be very frustrating for people when they have trouble with speech or language. Gundersen Speech Language Pathology provides diagnosis and treatment for speech and language disorders and dysphagia or swallowing disorders.
Gundersen speech language pathologists work with patients who have speech, language or swallowing problems due to conditions including:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Developmental disabilities
- Neurologic disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head and neck cancer
There is a difference between speech and language. Speech is the verbal part of communication. When someone has a speech disorder, they can experience problems with articulation, voice, fluency, or speech rhythm. Language is verbal too, but depends on hearing and speaking comprehension. People with a language disorder may have trouble understanding others, comprehending what they read or sharing their thoughts with others. Speech and language disorders can exist together or separately.
Speech language pathology provides individualized treatment options. If the disorder is severe enough, treatment may include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and methods. Alternative communication methods can be hi-tech such as using a keyboard that translates typed messages into synthesized speech or basic such as using picture and/or word communication boards or books. Learn more about augmentative and alternative communication.
Gundersen also has specially trained pediatric speech language pathologists. They work with children who haven’t developed speech or language normally. They also work with newborn babies who have feeding difficulties.