Speech Therapy

Specialized treatment for communication and swallowing disorders

Dignity Health Physical Therapy's certified speech-language pathologists address the complex needs of people with communication impairments. Whether you or a loved one is impacted by:

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  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Oral and brain cancers
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Our compassionate team will work with you to create an individualized program specific to your needs.

The outpatient programs at Dignity Health Physical Therapy provide treatment for:

  • Aphasia, Apraxia and other language/speaking difficulties
  • Communication and cognitive-linguistic deficits, i.e., impaired short and long-term memory, reasoning and/or language skills
  • Articulation and voice challenges
  • Dysphagia and other swallowing disorders
  • Dysarthria, a disturbance in the strength or coordination of the speech muscles

Treatment may include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) — evaluations and training with communication devices for patients with aphasia and neurological conditions
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Program (CRP) — a comprehensive program to improve memory, attention, language and functioning skills 
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® (LSVT) — a voice and respiration treatment method to improve vocal intensity and decrease the impact of Parkinson’s disease on communication
  • Cancer rehabilitation — specialized treatment for individuals whose cancer has impacted their communication or swallowing skills
  • SPEAK OUT! (Parkinson Voice Project) — a program that combines education, individual speech therapy and group sessions to help people with Parkinson's improve their speech and voice
  • VitalStim® — neuromuscular electrical stimulation, a low level electrical impulse that stimulates and strengthens muscles used for swallowing

During the treatment process, a home exercise program may be customized to meet your diagnosis.

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