Speech Therapy works with individuals whose communication or swallowing has been disrupted by illness or injury. This therapy helps individuals who exhibit problems with speech, language, voice cognition or swallowing. Speech Therapy also focuses on and addresses communication and swallowing dysfunction. Below are some indications of when to seek Speech Therapy.

To schedule an evaluation for Speech Therapy, call our Rehabilitation Department at 304-636-1391.

Medical Diagnoses that may require Speech Therapy:

  • Mild, moderate or severe eating, feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • Confusion or memory loss (sudden change)
  • Hearing impairment or loss
  • Head injury
  • Degenerative Neurological Disorders (MS, ALS)
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Stroke

When to refer for Speech Therapy:

  • Trouble expressing self (word finding)
  • Garbled speech
  • Stuttering
  • Trouble understanding others
  • Low volume
  • Increased confusion
  • Poor safety awareness/judgment
  • Hoarse/gravely voice
  • Drooling
  • Coughing
  • Pocketing food
  • Weight loss
  • Hearing problems
  • Nonverbal behavior

Speech Therapy May Provide Treatment for Deficits in:

  • Speech
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Communication following surgery
  • Aphasia
  • Word finding
  • Reading and writing
  • Memory and problem-solving skills
  • Orientation
  • Sequencing
  • Difficulty or painful swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • Hearing
  • Cognition/dementia management