Speech Pathologistl

 

The speech pathologists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital provide services for individuals across the life span who have speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. The Rockcastle Regional Hospital Speech Pathology department provides comprehensive and innovative diagnostic and rehabilitation services for speech and swallowing disorders for people of all ages: infants, toddlers, children and adults.

Our Rockcastle speech pathologists are specialists who diagnose and treat individuals with speech, language, voice, literacy and fluency disorders. Because speech and/or hearing problems are both communication disorders, our speech pathologists and audiologists work together to determine sources of communication problems and to coordinate programs of rehabilitation. The first step is a complete evaluation to determine the presence, type and severity of a suspected deficit. The evaluation helps speech pathologists understand areas of need, where to begin and how to carefully design a sequence of activities to achieve set goals. Then, the speech pathologist will give feedback and create a therapy plan with goals and objectives to track progress. Through a multidisciplinary approach, inpatient and outpatient services are coordinated to give every patient the best care possible for a wide spectrum of speech, language and swallowing disorders.

At Rockcastle Regional Hospital Speech Pathology Department, our mission is to provide an environment that helps patients and their families achieve their communication goals. We are devoted to providing high quality speech therapy to children, young adults and older people. We are committed to continuing education and evidence based therapy interventions. We support families and clinicians, focusing on relationships that will benefit everyone at home as well as in the educational or work environment. Our highest priority is to serve people in a warm, supportive and effective environment.

These are the areas that speech therapy for children addresses:

  • Apraxia of speechRockcastle Regional Hospital speech pathologists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for people of all ages.
  • Articulation, clarity of speech
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Augmentative/alternative communication
  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication disorders (stuttering, voice disorders and speech delay)
  • Expressive and receptive language disorders
  • Feeding/swallowing disorders
  • Oral motor skills
  • Phonological disordersv
  • Receptive and language disorders
  • Social language skills
  • Voice disorders

 

These are the areas that speech therapy for adults address:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Augmentative/alternative communication
  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication disorders (stuttering, voice disorders and speech delay)
  • Expressive and receptive communication
  • Feeding/swallowing disorders
  • Memory
  • Oral motor skills
  • Voice disorders

 

Whether the problems are congenital or occurred after an illness or injury, our speech pathologists and certified specialists can develop an individualized treatment program that strives to enhance each patient’s quality of life. Rockcastle Regional Hospital provides a service to our patients that is custom designed for each individual’s needs. We also provide an experience that is positive, enriching and most important, effective.

Our speech pathologists at Rockcastle Regional Hospital provide a variety of services to promote effective communication among people of all ages and ability levels. Starting with infants and toddlers, we work to develop speech-language skills that will serve as the child’s foundation for all future learning. We help adults who have lost communication abilities due to stroke or other neurological diseases, as well as those adults who want to improve speaking or interpersonal communication skills.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:

Speech sounds – how we say sounds and put sounds together into words Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, or dysarthria.

Language – how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia.

Social communication – how well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

Voice – how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose of voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

Fluency – also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t table, use “um” or “uh”, or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

Cognitive-communication – how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.

Feeding and swallowing – how well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia.

Services at Rockcastle Regional Hospital are provided through acute care. The respiratory care units, and in the outpatient clinic. Our staff obtains ongoing education to ascertain that treatment is supported by scientific evidence. Our facility supports a multidisciplinary approach in all settings.

Referrals may be made by parents, spouses, affected individuals, nursing staff and/or physicians. However, a written physician’s order must be attained for the evaluation and treatment process to begin.

For more information regarding speech-language services at Rockcastle Regional Hospital or for referrals, please contact us at (606) 256-7763.