We need to be able to communicate to experience the world around us. If you or a loved one has difficulty expressing themselves or understanding others, you know first-hand how important effective communication can be.
Banner Health’s speech therapy team is dedicated to helping children and adults with language disorders. Our knowledgeable multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive, compassionate care, customized to your specific needs.
Speech therapy helps patients with communication problems and speech disorders. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), often referred to as speech therapists, use techniques such as articulation therapy, language intervention activities and others. Speech therapy can treat speech disorders or impairments in children or adults. The goal of speech therapy is to improve a patient’s speech and ability to understand and express language, verbally and non-verbally
People with language issues can benefit socially, emotionally and intellectually from speech therapy. Speech therapy is used with both children and adults. If you have any of the following problems, speech therapy may be able to help:
In general, the sooner speech therapy intervention starts, the better. Especially in young children, speech therapy is especially beneficial to improving language skills.
Speech therapy can help patients speak more clearly, improving confidence, reducing frustration and increasing comprehension.
Banner Health offers Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), which is proven to help patients in all stages of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and has application to other neurological conditions. LSVT has two programs:
For decades, these effective, evidence-based treatments have been used to help patients achieve their therapy goals across a range of diseases and impairments. Learn more about LSVT.
At Banner Health, our expert speech-language pathologists take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating patients with language difficulties. Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary team of skilled doctors and health care professionals, including audiologists, physical therapists, nurses, physicians and others, collaborating to ensure you receive the most effective care possible.
To build your customized treatment plan, Banner Health’s speech therapy team conducts a thorough assessment to understand your communication disorder and the best ways to treat it.
The time needed in speech therapy depends on the person – some patients a few months and others a few years. Stick with it and trust your care team. We’re here to support you and help you achieve your goals. We can provide education, resources, strategies and skills to help you improve.
Speech therapy for children is highly play-based to create a fun environment with which kids want to engage. It takes place in a small group or one-on-one with activities depending on a child’s disorder, age, and needs. Your speech therapist may interact through talking, playing, using books, pictures and games, to stimulate language development and learn sounds. As a caregiver, you also are taught techniques for doing speech therapy at home to further results.
Speech therapy exercises for adults may focus on speech, language and/or cognitive communication. Sometimes, patients need speech therapy to retain the swallowing function due to a medical condition. Depending on your needs, your speech therapist may employ a variety of techniques, including: