Speech-language pathology is the science of diagnosing and treating disorders of communication including problems with speaking and understanding language and related problems with reading and writing. Speech-language Pathologists also treat disorders of cognition and swallowing.
OSF St. Mary Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) are certified and licensed with Masters Degrees in speech-language pathology, and offer individual and group therapy for children and adults.
When are speech-language pathology services indicated?
Speech, language, and swallowing services may be indicated following illness, stroke, head injury, hearing loss or onset of a neurological disease (MS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia, oral/pharyngeal cancer and/or tracheostomies).
Children may require speech and language services to assist with normal development of speech and language.
When would I see a speech-language pathologist for a swallowing disorder?
A speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats disorders of swallowing (dysphagia) related to weakness, neuromuscular difficulty or surgery in the mouth and throat (pharynx). This may include problems in handling food and liquids in the mouth as well as the patient's ability to avoid choking while eating.
The SLP's perform Modified Barium Swallow Studies (cookie swallow) in conjunction with the Medical Imaging Department with a referral from a physician.
What is the scope of speech-language pathology services at OSF St. Mary?
Patients of all ages are treated for a variety of disorders. Individual inpatient and outpatient services are provided at our state of the art facility. In addition to traditional therapy techniques, the speech-language pathology department uses computer software, electrical stimulation and biofeedback to assist with retraining of skills as well as practice in real life settings.
Treatment is commonly given for disorders of articulation, fluency, voice, language, cognition (reasoning and thinking), dysphagia, and aphasia. The SLP's at OSF St. Mary's are also certified in providing neuromuscular electrical stimulation (vital stim), surface myography and myofascial release for those individuals with swallowing disorders. OSF St. Mary also has a certified SLP trained in LSVT-Loud Voice Treatment and early intervention certified therapists.
How do I find out if I may benefit from speech-language therapy?
Call OSF St. Mary Medical Center Health and Rehabilitation Services at (309) 344-9600 for more information or contact your physician.
All patients must have a physician's referral to be treated by OSF St. Mary Speech Therapy Staff.