Speech-Language Pathology Services
Tyrone Regional Health Network provides speech and language pathology services for children, adolescents, and adults. Services are provided on-site at Tyrone Regional Health Network by experienced speech–language pathology professionals.
Speech and language disorders include those that affect speech, language, communication, and swallowing. Problems with an individual’s speech, language, communication, or swallowing may be present from birth, or develop as a result of a disease, a medical condition or trauma. The goal for individuals who undergo speech- language therapy is to help them develop functional communication skills and reach their maximum potential. For those with swallowing problems, the goal is to help individuals eat and drink safely and achieve the least restrictive diet possible.
Licensed speech and language pathologists provide our services, with experience treating people of all ages.
We provide speech-language pathology services on an outpatient basis to help individuals who have problems with communication, cognition, fluency, swallowing and voice deficits.
A physician order is required for participation in speech–language services.
Evaluation & Treatment Plan
Each patient receives a thorough evaluation to determine each person’s unique needs. An individualized treatment plan is then developed.
Tests to evaluate swallowing are available at the Tyrone Regional Health Network radiology department. One or more types of tests may be needed to pinpoint the cause of swallowing problems. Available tests include:
- Modified barium swallow tests (MBS) or Videoflouroscipic Swallowing Exam—an x-ray movie of a person swallowing.
- Esophogram – inspects the functioning of the esophagus.
Problems Treated through Speech-Language Pathology
Problems that can be addressed through speech-language pathology include, but are not limited to, the following:
Children and Adolescents
- Language delay
- Specific language impairment
- Specific difficulties in producing sounds
- Hearing Impairment
- Cleft palate
- Autism/social interaction difficulties
- Voice disorders
- Feeding and swallowing difficulties
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions, including: stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and dementia Head, neck or throat cancer
- Learning difficulties
- Slurred speech
- Hearing impairment
- Voice Disorders—hoarse, breathy, or atypical vocal quality
- Cognitive Disorders – difficulty thinking, problem solving, and/or remembering
- Disorders in comprehension or expression
For more information about the Speech-Language pathology services at Tyrone Regional Health Network, or to make an appointment, call (814) 684-2133.