Speech-language pathologists provide services to adults and children with various speech and language disorders such as dysarthria, apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, language disorders and central auditory processing disorders. They also assist in auditory rehabilitation for patients with cochlear implants.
Speech-language therapy services offered at Overlook Medical Center’s Speech Therapy Department include:
- Adult speech-language therapy – Changes in speech may occur after a stroke or as a result of other disorders that affect brain function. In this type of therapy, patients work to improve speech clarity through a variety of targeted exercises aimed at restoring the best possible speaking function.
- Auditory rehabilitation for children and adults – Patients who have received cochlear implants often require rehabilitation services to maximize the benefit of the device. They are taught how to listen with the implant, understand speech and to talk. Therapy can be based on previously developed auditory skills or built on the individual’s needs to identify sounds and how to respond to them.
- Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) treatment for children, adolescents and adults – CAPD is a learning disability in which an individual hears sounds but cannot process them correctly into words and language. People with CAPD may have trouble understanding what they hear, acting on it quickly, remembering it for a short or long time and formulating a verbal response.
- Pediatric speech-language therapy – Articulation and language disorders may be caused by developmental disorders, various syndromes, decreased range of motion and strength of oral structures, deficits in motor programming and poor attention or focus. In this type of therapy, patients work to improve attention span and focus, speech clarity, oral motor skills, vocabulary and syntax or grammar.