OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language pathology is the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with speech, language, swallowing, or voice disorders.

The goals of speech and language therapy is to improve an individual's ability to effectively communicate and to maximize function of oral structures and swallowing.

Who Is It For?

Conditions treated by speech pathologists include:

  • Language delay/disorder
  • Articulation and phonology delay/disorder
  • Head injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Neurological disease
  • Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • ALS
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Laryngectomy
  • Voice disorder
  • Stuttering
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorders in children and adults)

What Does it Involve?

Speech and language pathology evaluation includes obtaining a medical history, informal observations and formal testing. Evaluation results are discussed and therapy goals developed with the patient and/or family. A treatment schedule is then designed.

Evaluation may include:

  • Hearing screening
  • Oral motor skills - including those needed for production of speech sounds and swallowing
  • Articulation and speech sound production
  • Voice
  • Receptive and expressive language skills
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Auditory comprehension skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Modified barium swallow

X-ray services are also used in speech and language pathology. Modified barium swallow is used to assess the person's swallowing ability and function.

This test is performed by a radiologist in conjunction with the speech pathologist to examine the movement of structures involved in swallowing and to determine whether aspiration is present, the reason for it, and possible treatment programs.

Treatment programs are developed by the speech and language pathologist, in conjunction with other health professionals when appropriate, to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

Programs are tailored to each person's individual needs, as identified in the evaluation, and may include assistive devices to supplement communication such as communication boards or electronic systems.

Preparing for Your Therapy

  • Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your first appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your first appointment.
  • Initial Evaluations will take up to 90 minutes.

Hours & Contact

OSF Rehabilitation Services is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Talk to your doctor about a referral to OSF Rehabilitation Services. Please call (309) 662-3311 x4477 to schedule an evaluation with a therapist.

Failure to show up for two scheduled therapy sessions may result in discharge from our services.