What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy, or speech language pathology, is a form of treatment that focuses on improving speech and language abilities. This encompasses many different methods of intervention, as speech therapy addresses many different speech and language issues. Within speech language pathology, there are major differences between speech and language. While speech refers to the production of sounds and words, language refers to the understanding and comprehension of those words in order to communicate.

Speech therapy can benefit people of all ages, ranging from toddlers to the elderly. In adult care, speech therapy can help people with cognitive impairments, memory loss, organization, and planning. It can be helpful for those dealing with a variety of issues, including patients who are recovering from a stroke, concussion or brain injury. It can also be beneficial to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Autism, or some other forms of cognitive impairment.

More specifically, speech therapy targets issues such as Dysarthria, which is difficulty with speech production due to muscle weakness; Apraxia, which is a disorder that affects the motor commands necessary for directing movements for speech; Aphasia, which is difficulty with spoken language expression, spoken language comprehension, written expression, or reading comprehension; and Dysphagia, which is difficulty with swallowing.

Overall, the goal of speech therapy is to improve your quality of life by helping you communicate more effectively. Whether that’s improving your speech production or comprehension, we can help you feel better about connecting with those around you.

Do I Need Speech Therapy?

Whether or not you need speech therapy is something that should be determined on a case by case basis. If you or a loved one are struggling with their speech production or comprehension, get in touch with our expert speech therapists to see how we can help. Speech therapy is often recommended for adults when they struggle to express themselves through speech, or are dealing with cognitive impairments related to speech and memory.

In general, if you are experiencing any of the following issues, you would likely benefit from speech therapy:

  • Dysarthria (difficulty with speech production due to muscle weakness)
  • Apraxia (disorder that affects the motor commands necessary for directing movements for speech)
  • Aphasia (difficulty with spoken language expression, spoken language comprehension, written expression, or reading comprehension)
  • Memory Loss and Cognitive Impairments (including problem solving, organization and planning)
  • Oral-Motor muscle weakness
  • Dysphagia (difficulty when swallowing)
  • Stuttering
  • Expressing yourself (using language to convey meaning)
  • Receptive Language (understanding what is said to you)
  • Vocal Volume Problems

Speech Therapy with Niagara Therapy, LLC

If you are dealing with any of the challenges listed above, Niagara Therapy, LLC can help. Our team of experienced speech language pathologists has expertise in a wide variety of conditions, and specializes in treating stroke patients, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Autism, brain injury, and other cognitive impairment issues.

Niagara Therapy, LLC utilizes a variety of advanced technologies and protocols for speech therapy. This includes augmentative device training, advanced dysphagia training, volume training, and social pragmatics.

We offer individual, one on one sessions that are designed to fit your specific goals and objectives. Our skilled and experienced staff is made up of members with a variety of backgrounds and specialties across many disciplines, and our full team approach combines our strengths to provide the best possible treatment.

Advanced Speech Therapy with Niagara Therapy, LLC

Advanced Dysphagia Training

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common issue that can be treated with speech therapy. Our advanced dysphagia training helps you to improve muscle strength and coordination. Speech language pathologists are uniquely trained for treating dysphagia and swallowing disorders, with an extensive understanding of how swallowing is affected by aging, injuries, and diseases.

Aphasia Training

Aphasia refers to the loss of the ability to express or understand speech. It commonly occurs in patients who have had a brain injury or suffered a stroke. Our advanced aphasia training helps in multiple ways, aiming to help regain lost speaking abilities, and by helping to build new forms of nonverbal communication.

Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome is a treatment tool that is used to treat and assess neurological issues. It has been clinically proven to improve neurological function in both children and adults, including attention, focus, motor planning, auditory processing and sequencing. Interactive Metronome uses feedback to train the patient’s brain through self correction.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

AAT is the use of a specifically trained animal as a means of therapeutic intervention to expedite healing and recovery of acute and chronic conditions.

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Contact Us Today

Regardless of the challenges you are facing, Niagara Therapy, LLC’s experienced team of speech language pathologists can help you face them and work toward achieving your goals. We treat a variety of issues with a range of evidence-based approaches and treatments in individualized one on one sessions. Appointments are available all day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 814-464-0627814-464-0627, or send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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