Over 14 million Americans suffer from a speech or language disorder. Speech and language disorders can take many forms; an individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by injury or illness.
Fortunately, most people with communication disorders can be helped. Even if the disorder cannot be eliminated, speech pathologists can teach people strategies to help them cope and live more independently.
At Winneshiek Medical Center, speech pathologists treat dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and provide stroke rehabilitation, therapy for fluency disorders such as stuttering, and, in collaboration with the ENT, treatment for voice disorders that plague people who spend their lives over-using their voices (teacher, singers, etc.)
Speech pathologists hold at least a master’s degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A speech pathologist can be trained to work in a medical setting (such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center), or in the academic setting, (the school system or at the collegiate level).
If you suffer from speech or swallowing concerns, talk to your doctor for more information about speech therapy at Winneshiek Medical Center. Speech therapy is conveniently available through a doctor’s referral. Call 563-382-2911 to learn more.