We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive speech therapy programs in North Florida, for all ages.
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy can be a very intense and comprehensive process. A patient may need speech therapy for a variety of different reasons.
Some people require speech therapy due to learning disabilities or because they are coping with certain conditions and swallowing disorders.
In order to determine what your specific needs are, it is important that you seek the help and counsel of one of our speech language pathologists.
What is a Speech Language Pathologist?
A speech language pathologist is trained to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. They go through extensive training to be able to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of speech difficulties.
It is through this training and education they are able to help our patients overcome speech problems associated with language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
Disorders We Treat
Some of the most common disorders our pathologists treat are listed below:
Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to the areas of the brain that are involved in language. This type of injury causes problems with listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Acquired Apraxia of Speech
Apraxia of Speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder caused by damage to the regions of the brain related to speech production. People with apraxia of speech have trouble planning and sequencing the motor movements needed to produce the sounds in syllables and words.
Dysarthria (Articulation Difficulties & Slurred Speech)
Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder. The muscles of the mouth, face, voice box (larynx), and respiratory system can be weak or move slowly after a stroke, progressive neurological disorder, or other brain injury.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program is a research program proven to be an effective treatment method for communication impairment in people with:
- Neurological Disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease and Cerebral Palsy
- Difficulties with communication due to age-related voice changes
Many contributing factors can lead to voice problems, such as frequent shouting and poor vocal hygiene.
If a voice is rough or a person runs out of air when they speak, this may indicate a voice problem. There are many different types of voice disorders that can be helped with therapy.
Cognitive-Communication Disorders (Memory, Attention & Reasoning Skills)
Cognitive-communication problems that can occur from brain injury include difficulty with attention, memory, thought, organization, problem solving, logical reasoning and social communication (pragmatic language).
Dysphagia (Swallowing Disorder)
Many problems can result from a swallowing disorder, such as reduced nutrition or hydration, less enjoyment while eating and drinking socially, or risk of food or liquid entering the airway.
Symptoms can occur in the oral, pharyngeal, or esophageal stages of the swallowing process.
Dysphagia, Swallowing Dysfunction & Feeding Therapy Program
Available for patients of all ages
Currently, an estimated 15 million people are living with a diagnosed swallowing disorder known as dysphagia. It is a serious disorder that can vary in its severity.
Some individuals have trouble chewing and swallowing certain textures or consistencies of food and liquids. Others may be completely unable to swallow any food or liquid, or even their own saliva, and must receive all of their nutrition through a feeding tube.
Dysphagia can diminish a person's quality of life by causing an individual to withdraw from social events and interactions that involve eating and drinking.
Our speech pathologists perform comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to determine the cause and severity of your dysphagia to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
This comprehensive assessment may include:
- Visual inspection of the oral structures
- Observation of chewing and swallowing of various foods and liquids (occurs during the office visit)
- Radiological examination of the chewing and swallowing processes (conducted in the radiology department with a radiologist and a speech therapist).
The therapy program will be patient-specific, targeting evidence-based dysphagia treatments.
Modified Barium Swallowing Study at Capital Regional Medical Center
We recommend that you request an order from your doctor for a Modified Barium Swallowing Study (MBSS) performed prior to seeing your Speech Pathologist for your first therapy appointment.
At this time, MBSS are performed at 10:00am and 1:30pm Tuesday - Thursday. All appointments must be made through our hospital's centralized scheduling. You can do this by contacting (850) 325-5391.
Specialized Service for Patients with Parkinson's Disease
Nearly 90 percent of patients with Parkinson's Disease have speech problems that start early in the disease process and progressively worsen.
These problems can make it difficult for patients to be understood by others, affecting quality of life. We offer LSVT® LOUD, an innovative treatment to improve voice and speech in individuals with Parkinson's by a certified Speech Language Pathologist.
The treatment is designed to improve both speech and articulatory function.
Specialized Service for Patients with Aphasia
Aphasia affects about two million Americans and is more common than Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy. Nearly 180,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year.
Our aphasia treatment program is provided by specialists in evidenced-based aphasia therapies. Their services are patient-specific, focusing on improving quality of life and functional daily-life skills.
Head & Neck Cancer Treatment
Speech and swallowing therapies are available for individuals who have had surgical and/or radiological treatment for cancer in the head and neck.
For those who have had their larynx removed, services include voice prosthesis fittings and artificial larynx instruction.
Your Capital Regional Medical Center Speech Therapy Team
At Capital Regional Medical Center, you'll work with speech language therapists who are not only state-licensed, but also certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
This means that they have gone beyond state licensure requirements to voluntarily meet rigorous national standards of education, experience and clinical expertise in speech therapy. To maintain certification, they must fulfill ongoing continuing education requirements - ensuring that you receive care from skilled professionals with the most up-to-date clinical knowledge.