Speech Therapy at Winona Health offers evaluation and therapy in various settings for adults with speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders.
Our nationally certified speech-language pathologists assess each patient’s needs and work with the patient’s family, physicians and other specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Speech-Language Pathology Services include:
- Improving memory and cognitive function skills (i.e., orientation to self/time/place, attention, organization) following a stroke, head trauma or other neurological impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helping people who have had a stroke develop speech sounds, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing skills, and receptive abilities such as understanding and following directions.
- Treating swallowing disorders called dysphagia, which can occur due to natural aging, reflux or following a stroke or other neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, etc.) by improving muscle strength, endurance and pharyngeal reflex functions, which are necessary for proper swallowing function.
- Conducting modified barium swallowing studies, which is an X-ray test to evaluate swallowing function that is completed by speech-language pathologists in collaboration with a radiologist to determine cause of swallowing difficulty.
- Implementing alternative or augmentative communication devices, such as an iPad or DynaVox, to help a person communicate after losing his or her ability to talk due to neurological issues or post laryngectomy.
- Teaching vocal hygiene and muscle relaxation techniques to help with hoarseness following prolonged vocal abuse, as well as vocal loudness exercises for people whose voices have become soft due to disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.