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If an accident or illness has left you struggling with verbal communication, or you're dealing with an ongoing speech problem, your doctor may recommend speech therapy. Essentia's skilled and supportive speech therapists can help you regain or improve your speaking ability. We work with patients of all ages and treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from swallowing and articulation to dysphagia.
Speech therapists, also called speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, have the training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your ability to speak, understand language, or swallow.
During your first visit, your speech therapist will do a comprehensive assessment that checks:
Partner with your speech therapist to create a care plan that fits your goals and needs. Depending on your condition, your therapist may recommend:
If you have trouble swallowing—or if you cough, choke, or have trouble chewing when you eat—count on your speech therapist to diagnose your condition.
Benefit from the use of advanced technology, such as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow that uses a camera to show you and your doctor how well your throat works.
Other swallowing tests can determine:
Your child may benefit from speech-language therapy if he or she experiences:
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.