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A speech language pathologist can help with a variety of disorders including speech, language, swallowing, voice, and cognitive disorders. In adult cases, these impairments are often acquired following a head injury or stroke or may be related to a disease process. Whatever the cause, these concerns can greatly affect your quality of life. Through our adult speech therapy, let us improve your quality of life by creating and reaching your goals, as well as maintain progress you’ve made!
Our adult speech therapists currently participate in The Concussion Clinic at The Center, The Communication Group through Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, and are running the only SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® program in Central Oregon.
Adult Speech Therapy Services
Aphasia is a language disorder that happens when one has brain damage. Aphasia may make it hard for someone to understand, speak, read, and/or write. It does not make one less smart or cause problems with the way one thinks.
Apraxia of Speech
Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder and is sometimes called acquired apraxia of speech, verbal apraxia, or dyspraxia. When one has apraxia of speech, the messages from your brain to your mouth do not get through correctly, due to brain damage. One might not be able to move his or her lips or tongue the right way to make sounds. Sometimes, one might not be able to speak at all.
Individuals who have different backgrounds may have different accents from different regions of the U.S. or from other countries. Speech-language pathologists can work with these individuals to modify their speaking patterns to be better understood and communicate in an educational or professional setting in the U.S.
A voice disorder occurs when voice quality, pitch, and/or loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural background, or geographic location. A voice disorder is present when an individual expresses concern about having an abnormal voice that does not meet daily needs—even if others do not perceive it as different or deviant.
Professional Voice Training
There are many professions that require a person to use their voice in very specific ways. These include but are not limited to actors, singers, teachers, coaches, sales people, and customer service representatives. These professionals often seek support from a speech-language pathologists who specializes in voice training. In this role, speech therapists can help someone learn to safely project their voice, learn new strategies for public speaking, reduce the amount of unnecessary words in their speech (ie. um, uh, like) and generally learn to speak in a way that conveys a high level of professionalism through verbal communication.
Dysphagia (Swallowing Disorder)
Swallowing disorders can happen after surgery, due to injury, or due to brain damage. Symptoms can occur in the oral, pharyngeal, or esophageal stages of the swallowing process. Dysphagia can lead to reduced nutrition or hydration, less enjoyment eating or drinking socially, and/or risk of food or liquid entering the airway (aspiration). Speech therapists may help with safe swallowing strategies, diet modifications, and strengthening exercises.
Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder in which the muscles of the mouth, face, voice box (larynx), and respiratory system may be weak or move slowly after brain damage.
These are problems that can occur from brain damage (from stroke, brain injuries, or disease processes) and can include difficulty with attention, memory, thought
Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)/ Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM)
VCD/PVFM is a condition in which there is intermittent closure of the vocal folds that interferes with breathing. It is often exercise-induced, but can also be triggered by environmental irritants, allergies, reflux, emotional stress, and/or voice disorders. Speech-language pathologists can help identify abnormal laryngeal and respiratory function and teach various techniques (e.g., vocal exercises, relaxation techniques, quick-release breathing techniques, and proper breath management) to improve laryngeal and respiratory control. A chronic cough can sometimes be linked to this disorder and can also be addressed by a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Transgender Voice Training
Individuals undergoing gender transitions sometimes look for support to train their voice to match their gender. We have highly-trained voice specialists who work with any individual who is working to find their true voice.
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