- Our therapy services are provided by Speech-Language
Pathologists who are licensed and certified in the State of Florida with a degree in Communication Disorders.
- Each therapists keeps abreast of current treatment techniques through
a variety of continuing education courses.
- Our therapists
use the latest cutting edge therapy techniques. Speech and Language Therapy varies depending on the speech disorder. For example,
if a client has difficulty understanding what the people around them are saying, then the therapy sessions may be geared towards
comprehension skills. On the other hand, if a client has difficulty speaking clearly, then oral exercises and other strategies
may be targeted during therapy sessions.
- Therapy sessions
are designed around an individualized plan of care to address your specific needs to improve the way you communicate with
others as well as your overall quality of life.
Therapy Services provides quality rehabiliation for adults in the following areas:
Voice Disorder's are changes in how the person's voice sounds.
This occurs when the vocal folds don't vibrate effectively to produce a clear sound. Their voice could
be too soft or too loud, hoarse, too high or too low of a pitch, or unable to make a sound.
(refer to Swallowing page)
Rapid-fire repetitions of consonant or vowel sounds
especially at the beginning of words, prolongations, hesitations, interjections, and complete verbal blocks.
Patients with apraxia have difficulty with
the mouth muscles to speak clearly.
Patients with dysarthria have weakness or tightness with the muscles used for speech this causes slurred speech or
speech that is very quiet and difficult to understand.
Wernicke's Aphasia (Fluent Aphasia):
Damage done to the left temporal lobe. Typically people
with this type of aphasia speak in long sentences with no meaning and may add words that are unnessary or made-up. Usually they are unaware that they are not understood by others.
Brocas's Aphasia (Non-fluent/Motor Aphasia): Damage done to Broca's area in the frontal lobe. It's the production of language which is impaired,
(such as speaking) while other aspects of language are
mostly preserved. Typically, people who have Broca's aphasia
are not able to form their own intelligible words or sentences, but has the ability to understand others when they speak. They usually speak in short phrases that make sense, but it takes them a lot fo effort to do so. Those with this type of aphasia
omit small words, such as "is," and," and
"the." They may say "Pet cat," meaning, " I will pet the cat" or "plate plate three table," meaning, "There are three plates on the table."
Problems with memoring, reasoning, problem-solving, and attention.
Although accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person, some
may want to change the way they pronounce a word to help others understand them better. By doing this it can alleviate frustration
from having having to repeat yourself as well as improving your communication skills.
Speech/lip reading allows a person to "see
the sound of speech" by looking at the movement of the lips and tongue along with facial expression and body language.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Used for patients who need another way of
communicating if they cannot speak. Some ways of communication may be American Sign Language, Ipad, picture boards, etc.