Speech Therapy

Adult Speech Therapy Specialty Qualifications/Certifications:

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT LOUD):

Commonly used with Parkinson’s and Voice patients to increase loudness, speech, intelligibility and facial expression.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): Modality used to treat Dysphagia (swallowing) deficits, including facial asymmetry and/or weakness.

  • Speech Therapy assists in improving and restoring an individuals participation and communication abilities for activities of daily living.
  • Speech Therapy targets the speech, voice, language, swallowing, and cognitive abilities in adults.
  • Patients are evaluated and treated by a qualified Speech Language Pathologist
  • SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) develops a personalized plan of care to target any deficits or issues noted during the initial evaluation.
  • Education & home exercises are also provided for the patient to achieve the best therapeutic outcomes.

Symptoms Treated:

  • Trouble retrieving words to name and describe objects, people, or actions.
  • Difficulty understanding spoken language to participate in conversation or follow directions.
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts or ideas through spoken language.
  • Difficulty being understood by others in conversation due to inaccurate sound production or disfluencies.
  • Inability to attend during activities or to complete familiar daily tasks.
  • Difficulty maintaining topics during normal conversation.
  • Inability to solve simple problems that arise in day to day life.
  • Difficulty remembering people, events, dates, etc.
  • Cough or wet-sounding voice while eating or drinking.

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty with swallowing or difficulty with moving food from the mouth to the stomach.

Dysphagia is caused by weakness and/or incoordination of the muscles involved with swallowing.  It can be caused by various neurological disorders, trauma, weakness due to medical conditions, nerve damage and aging.

Symptoms of dysphagia can include, but not limited to the following:

  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Coughing, throat clearing during or after swallowing
  • A “gurgly” or wet sounding voice when     eating or drinking
  • Inability to swallow
  • Feeling that foods “get stuck in your throat”
  • Eye watering when eating or drinking
  • Pocketing
  • Nasal regurgitation

The following populations may benefit from Speech Therapy interventions:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Receptive & Expressive Aphasia
  • Voice Disorders
  • Progressive Diseases
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia/Swallowing Impairments

**Above list features the most common diagnoses and conditions treated by Moreau Adult Speech Therapists. Services are not limited to this list***