Programs & Services
At Premier Speech & Language Associates, we specialize in the in-home evaluation and treatment of adult speech, language, and swallow disorders in Palm Beach County, FL. We are committed to helping individuals regain their independence. Our therapists provide high quality and evidence-based therapies for adults who are experiencing communication or swallowing challenges that result from stroke, dementia, brain injuries, or progressive neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease.
All sessions are tailored to meet the client’s needs. Typically, therapy sessions take place in the client's home and range from 45 minutes to an hour. We encourage caregivers to participate to the level they are comfortable, always leaving the decision up to the client and their family. We spend time getting to know our patients by gaining a thorough understanding of personal goals, answering questions, and discussing our plan.
Treatment in the natural environment increases carryover of skills and allows for personalization. Clients feel most comfortable in their place of residence and are often more receptive to the strategies and skills we are targeting. We believe it is best to serve clients in the environment where they will be using their skills. In-home therapy also provides opportunities for family and caregivers to participate and get their questions answered.
Convenient In-Home Therapy Increases Positive Client Outcomes
An evaluation includes a patient/caregiver interview, review of any recent medical records, standardized testing based on needs, and an informal communication assessment. We spend time getting to know our patients to gain a thorough understanding of personal goals, to answer questions, and discuss our plan.
What is cognitive therapy and who is it for?
Cognitive impairments in adults are commonly related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors. Our experienced therapists work with the patient and family to help maintain or improve participation in activities in daily living, ensure safety in the natural environment, and facilitate communication. We will provide strategies to help the individual compensate for cognitive problems and educate caregivers in techniques to improve the individual’s functioning throughout daily life.
What is swallow therapy and who is it for?
Swallowing disorders in adults are often related to Parkinson's Disease, stroke, TBI, and dementia. Treatment of swallowing problems includes education in strategies for safe swallowing, a personalized exercise program, and recommendations for food textures and/or positioning. Our therapists will collaborate with clients and caregivers on home exercise programs and developing meal plans and diet modifications. Premier Speech & Language Associates offers Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) for those who are candidates.
Speech and Language Therapy
What is speech and language therapy and who is it for?
There are many causes for speech and language disorders in adults, including, but not limited to, stroke, TBI, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and MS. Treatment methods for speech and language disorders include word-finding techniques, strategies for using and understanding language, melodic intonation therapy, instruction in tongue and lip placement for speech sounds, coordination of muscle movements for speech production, and caregiver education.
What is voice therapy and who is it for?
Treatment of voice disorders varies greatly depending on the diagnosis. Our therapists collaborate with other medical professionals (e.g., ENT, pulmonologist, gastroenterologist) to diagnose and develop an individualized treatment plan. Therapy typically involves education in vocal hygiene and techniques to reduce vocal overuse and/or abuse, in addition to an exercise program tailored to the patient’s diagnosis. Premier Speech & Language Associates offers SPEAK OUT!® as well as Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®), speech therapy programs for treating voice disorders in those with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological impairments.