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Speech & Language Therapy

A speech and language evaluation and therapy is recommended if you or your loved one has any of the following symptoms:

adult speech therapy

Speech (Apraxia or Dysarthria)

  • Difficulty imitating and producing speech sounds

  • Abnormal rhythm of speech

  • Speech that is difficult to understand (e.g., slurred or mumbled)

  • Slow or fast rate of speech

  • Difficulty with movement in tongue, lip, or jaw

Language (Aphasia)

  • Difficulty producing language

  • Difficulty coming up with words

  • Substitute words that do not make sense

  • Switch sounds within words

  • Use made-up words

  • Difficulty putting words together to form sentences

  • Difficulty understanding language:

    • Misunderstand what others say

    • Find it hard to understand speech

    • Difficulty following instructions or answering questions

  • Difficulty reading and writing:

    • Difficulty reading and/or understanding what is read

    • Problems spelling and putting words together to write sentences

    • Difficulty understanding number concepts

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. Speech-language pathologists create therapy plans and goals based on an individual’s diagnosis and level of severity. 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. ​The therapists at Premier Speech & Language Associates believe that treatment results are best when therapy is provided in the client's natural environment, which is often the home setting.

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