Speech Therapy (ST)
How Does ST Help?
Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are specially trained and licensed clinicians who treat in a wide variety of healthcare settings ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.
SLPs are able to help improve cognitive, swallowing, speech, and memory difficulties that are a result of illness, injury and aging.
What Can I Expect for ST Treatment?
If you think you are in need of Speech Therapy, please reach out to the Therapy Department Manager. They will work with you to verify your insurance and set up an evaluation.
What is an Evaluation?
An evaluation is an appointment where your Speech Language Pathologist will review your medical history, assess your abilities to perform various tasks depending on the nature of your therapy referral, and work with you to create a treatment program tailored specifically to your needs.
What Happens Next?
After your evaluation, the Speech Therapy team will collaborate to carry out treatment sessions following your specific plan of care and adapt these plans on an on-going basis to meet your unique needs!
The History of Speech Therapy:
Speech Therapy started to evolve into the program we know and benefit from today during the 1920s. The American Academy of Speech Correction was formed in 1926 before going through multiple name changes until it became the American Speech and Hearing Association in 1947.
The early version of this organization was made up of people working in the areas of rhetoric, debate and theater that were interested in speech correction for difficulties like stutering.
While this early organization focused on voice difficulty, soldiers returning from WWII with brain injuries caused those in the speech profession to begin considering cognitive difficulties as part of their focus.
As of 2023, there’s an estimated 163,000 licensed Speech-Language Pathologists in the U.S.