Speech therapy at Inland Valley Medical Center helps patients improve the quality of their lives by working with them to re-establish functional and reliable communication with their family and friends. The speech therapy staff works to achieve that goal by evaluating, treating and managing patients who have disorders of speech, voice, language, cognition, memory and swallowing. Speech therapy services are provided in an inpatient setting.
The speech therapy staff treats patients who have acquired difficulty in speech, language, memory, cognition, and swallowing as a result of:
- Stroke (CVA)
- Brain tumor
- Neurological/post-neurological condition
- Neuromuscular disease
- Head and neck surgery
Among the conditions treated are:
- Aphasia - A disturbance in comprehension and expression of language caused by a disorder in the brain. Asphasia ranges from having difficulty remembering words to losing the ability to read, write or speak.
- Apraxia - A speech disorder in which a person has trouble correctly and consistently saying what he or she wants to say.
- Dysarthria - A motor speech disorder often caused when the muscles of the mouth, face and respiratory system become weak, move slowly, or do not move at all after a stroke or other brain injury.
- Dysphagia - A condition in which it becomes difficult for people to swallow so that it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from mouth to stomach.
- Voice disorders - Difficulty speaking because of injury to the vocal cords, including those caused by infections, upward movement of stomach acids into the throat, growths due to a virus, cancer, and diseases that paralyze the vocal cords.
- Laryngectomy - A surgical procedure in which the larynx is removed, usually due to cancer. Following surgery, patients must relearn how to speak.
- Glossectomy - A surgical procedure in which part or all of the tongue is removed, often because of cancer.
After evaluation, the staff develops an individualized treatment plan that focuses on re-establishing functional and reliable communication. Treatment goals may address specific communicative-cognitive deficits through a variety of facilitatory and compensatory treatment techniques. Patients who have swallowing disorders will receive an initial evaluation to help the staff develop a course of treatment.
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