Speech Therapy

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300 S. Prairieville St
PO Box 991
Athens, TX 75751

Toll Free: 877-596-3500
Phone: 903-677-3500
Fax: 903-677-4700

Office Hours:
M-F 9am - 4pm

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Speech Characteristics/Disorders (aphasia, dysarthria, and dyspraxia)
  • Auditory Comprehension
  • Oral/Motor Therapy
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Swallowing Disorders (laryngeal and pharyngeal)
  • Problem Solving, Memory, and Executive Functions
  • Sign Language
  • Communication Devices
  • Education
  • Client/Family Counseling
  • Health and Wellness
  • Links to Community Resources

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is the corrective or rehabilitative treatment of physical and/or cognitive deficits/disorders resulting in difficulty with verbal communication. This includes both speech (articulation, intonation, rate, intensity) and language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and both receptive and expressive language, including reading and writing).

Speech-Language Pathologists

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a professional who is trained to evaluate and treat disorders of speech, language, cognition, and swallowing. SLPs work to develop and restore the speech of individuals with communication disorders; usually these disorders are the result of traumas such as surgery or stroke. SLPs also help retrain patients in breathing, swallowing, and muscle control.

Where Can Patients Receive Treatment?

Medicare Home Health recipients can receive speech therapy in their place of residence, which may include either the home or residential facility.

Common Medical Conditions for which Speech Therapy May Benefit the Patient:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS):  Speech therapy focuses on teaching strategies and techniques to maintain functional speech, eventually focusing on the selection and use of augmentative and alternative communication aids.
  • Dementia: Speech therapy helps the patient to use strategies that preserve communication and cognitive functioning for as long as possible, as well as helps to ensure safe swallowing.
  • Huntington’s Disease: Speech therapy assists the patient with problem solving, evolving into helping to preserve and maintain the patient’s highest level of communication and swallowing.
  • Laryngeal Cancer: The SLP will meet with patient and family before surgery to help plan appropriate post-surgery treatment. The primary goal of the SLP post-surgery is to provide the patient with a new sound source for speech.
  • Oral Cancer: Speech therapy is important to restore speech intelligibility and swallowing skills.
  • Right Hemisphere Brain Damage: Speech therapy is designed to improve the patient’s cognitive-communication abilities.
  • Stroke: The SLP works with other rehabilitation and medical professionals and families to provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for stroke patients.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: The SLP will evaluate cognitive-communication skills, evaluate swallowing and make recommendations regarding management and treatment.

The Role of Our Agency in Speech Therapy

Based upon a complete evaluation, our SLPs develop a personalized and consistent rehabilitation program, in conjunction with a patient’s physician, and use a variety of treatment techniques.

When appropriate, our SLPs provide family or caregiver training to reinforce and enhance the benefits of treatment to ensure better, faster recoveries… and fewer return visits to the physician’s office for additional treatment or intervention.

Sources:  asha.org   |   ninds.nih.gov   |   abta.org

Vision: Our vision is to simply exceed the quality and service expectations of those we serve…

Philosophy: Our philosophy is providing patient care to the best of our ability in an effort to promote healing while maintaining respect through teamwork…

Mission Statement: Outstanding Service with Integrity.