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Speech Therapy

Norman Regional Health System has highly trained speech-language pathologists in multidisciplinary teams who treat a wide variety of speech, voice, swallowing, and neurological conditions.

In addition to our services provided in acute care hospital and rehabilitation hospital, Speech Therapy is offered by our outpatient physical rehab clinics: Physical Performance Center, Norman Regional 9, and Norman Regional Moore.

Specialized Speech-Language Services for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing

Speech therapy includes a wide range of services that speech-language pathologists use to diagnose and treat conditions and injuries that affect communications, voice, cognition, and swallowing capabilities.

Speech-language pathologists in our Physical Rehabilitation department:

  • Refer and perform instrumental studies to assess disorders of swallowing and voice through Modified Barium Swallow Studies and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow.
  • Provide personalized services for adults who have experienced a traumatic event, such as a traumatic brain injury, concussion, and/or stroke to support their independence and function in daily life.
  • Supportive interventions to those diagnosed with progressive disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, to provide therapy and education to help maintain function of communication, cognition and swallow function throughout their life.
  • Provide specialized services for people who have undergone surgery or other procedures to treat head and neck conditions, helping them restore a strong voice.

Conditions Our Speech-Language Pathologists Treat

We have extensive experience in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with communication, cognition, voice, swallowing impairments. Our speech-language pathologists treat conditions and injuries such as:

Neurological Disorders

  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech or changes in breathing patterns, which affect the ability to produce sounds)
  • Executive dysfunction (thought organization, sequencing, problem-solving skills)
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering, cluttering)
  • Functional neurological disorders
  • Memory loss
  • Parkinson’s disease/Parkinsonism (hypophonia)
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Progressive and neurological disorders
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Voice, Swallowing and Airway problems

  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Muscle tension dysphonia (hoarseness)
  • Speech impairments, especially those related to head and neck cancer
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Vocal tremor
  • Vocal cord dysfunction or paradoxical vocal cord motion
  • Vocal cord paralysis

Pediatric Services

  • Feeding
  • Muscle tension dysphonia (hoarseness)
  • Speech impairments, especially those related to head and neck cancer
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Vocal tremor

Treatments Our Speech-Language Pathologists Offer:

When patients come to an NRHS outpatient clinic, our speech-language pathologists begin with a comprehensive evaluation. We use interviews, observation, and standardized assessments, as well as the latest technology, to help guide treatment planning.

Our speech-language interventions focus on areas such as:

  • Attention process training: Helps people with brain injuries learn to focus
  • Augmentative/alternative communication devices (such as a tablet or laptop): Used for evaluation and training of people with speech or language impairments
  • Cognitive therapy: Addresses problem-solving skills, logic, reasoning, thought organization, and sequencing as needed for complex activities of daily living
  • SpeakOut!®: A speech therapy approach for individuals with Parkinson's. The program helps patients regain and maintain their speaking abilities.
  • McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program: Helps patients with dysphagia improve swallowing through an exercise program
  • Professional voice: Well visits for singers, performers, and other voice professionals; exercises to reduce voice strain and improve projection and stamina
  • Speech: Exercises to improve speech production, quality, and clarity, especially in patients with a history of head and neck cancer
  • Swallowing: Exercises to increase strength in the tongue and throat muscles.
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): Improves swallowing in patients with dysphagia through electrical stimulation
    • VitalStim
    • Ampcare
  • Voice: Exercises to optimize vocal production; behavioral modification techniques to enhance voice use; and education on how to care for the voice
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