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Speech-Language Pathologists & Speech Therapy

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At Terrebonne General Health System, we have a trained staff of speech-language pathologists, also called speech therapists, who are knowledgeable of a broad range of communication, voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Our staff provides in-person therapy for inpatients as well as those who visit our Outpatient Pavilion. A speech or communication disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, as many Americans have these problems. The ability to talk, read, write, and understand language is related to speech and language. These disorders have many different causes, and they may be present from birth or acquired.

Conditions We Treat

We treat disorders affecting both children and adults by identifying, evaluating, and treating a wide range of speech-related issues. Our speech therapists use their training with advanced equipment such as computer technology and voice/speech services to help patients develop more effective communication skills. The time you’ll need to be in speech therapy depends on the type and severity of your speech disorder and any underlying medical conditions. Your speech therapist may work in tandem with other rehabilitation experts to help you learn speech-language skills and control any underlying medical condition you have.

You may need speech therapy if you have one or more of the following disorders affecting:

  • Articulation
  • Fluency
  • Resonance
  • Reception
  • Expression
  • Cognitive communication
  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • And more

What is the Difference in Speech Therapy for Children Versus Speech Therapy for Adults?

Usually, you will be referred to a speech therapist by your primary care physician, who will then identify the type(s) of communication disorder you have and devise a treatment plan. Speech therapy for children is somewhat different than speech therapy for adults. For children, speech therapy varies depending on the child’s disorder, age, and unique needs. During speech therapy, the speech therapist often interacts with the child through play using books, pictures, and other objects to stimulate language development, rather than subjecting the child to a cold, clinical environment. The speech therapist will model correct sounds and syllables for your child during play to teach them how to make certain sounds, and give the child and their parents homework and strategies for practicing at home.

For adults, speech therapy also begins with an assessment to determine their disorder and the appropriate treatment. Therapy may include problem-solving, memory enhancement, organization, and other activities to improve cognitive-communication. Adults may also need to learn exercises to strengthen their oral muscles and be trained on using their available resources to do homework and speech therapy exercises at home through apps, games and toys, and workbooks.

Speech therapy can treat many speech and language delays and/or disorders in children, adults, and seniors. With early intervention, speech therapy has excellent success rates and can boost self-esteem.

Call today to learn more at (985) 873-4141.

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