Speech Therapy

Our speech therapists have many years of experience in treating all types of speech, voice and language disorders, and will work closely with you to help you regain your voice and speech abilities.

We offer a variety of treatments through for speech and language disorders and have certified providers for the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program and VitalStim Therapy.

Our speech-language pathologists are also members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

 

Treatments & Programs:

Stuttering

The most common recognized speech problem, although no knows exactly what causes it.

Communication Enhancement

Improving everyday communication skills, such as pitch, projection, accent and nonverbal communication.

Articulation Disorders

Difficulties making sounds correctly. Like stuttering, these problems often begin in childhood and become life-long challenges. They may occur late in life as a result of stroke, injury or illness.

Language Disorders

Including difficulty making sense of the environment, comprehending spoken language or communicating thoughts, feelings or experiences.

Aphasia

A language disorder caused by stroke, drug use, brain injury or illness. A person with aphasia may be truly at a loss for words- unable to say even his or her own name.

Voice Disorders

Disorders of the voice such as a hoarse voice may occur along with diseases, neurological conditions or as the result of how a person uses their voice such as talking with too much tension or excessive yelling. Children with voice disorders may not be able to be heard in the classroom. Assessment and voice therapy with the goal of changing the way that an individual produces their voice, can result in improved vocal quality. Prior to an evaluation, an examination of the vocal cords must be completed by a doctor.

Cognitive Communication Disorders

Common in adults after head injury or stroke. These disorders make it difficult to think clearly, remember or problem solve.

Swallowing Disorders

Known as dysphagia, this usually occurs as a result of illness, surgery, stroke or injury.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Offering new possibilities for people who cannot speak. Technology offers an array of options, including voice synthesizing computer and communication boards.

Pediatric Speech and Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders that occur with infants and children secondary to premature birth syndrome or injury.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Vocal problems diagnosed by a physician as vocal cord dysfunction displayed as dyspnea or chronic coughing related to discoordination of the movement of the vocal cords requires services designed to identify the behaviors consistent with vocal cord dysfunction and therapy to change these behaviors. This may occur along with respiratory disorders. Teenage athletes may display vocal cord dysfunction during intense physical activity. Services for vocal cord dysfunction usually consist of only a few sessions.

Interdisciplinary Assessment

When individuals have complex medical needs, they often require the assessment of a variety of professionals. MMI provides interdisciplinary assessments so that several assessments may be completed in a short period of time, allowing interaction between the professionals needed to make competent assessments and plans of care.  Speech/Language Pathology staff provide assessments within the Autism Clinic , Muscular Dystrophy Clinic and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic.

At the Munroe-Meyer Institute, speech-language pathology services include evaluative and remedial activities for children and adults. Special emphasis is placed on preschool children with multiple disabilities, augmentative communication methods, language disorders, and oral-motor problems. In addition to communication, diagnostic and rehabilitation services are provided to children and adults with swallowing disorders.

RiteCare

Rite Care is sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masons of Nebraska as part of their national effort to provide speech pathology services to children with communication disorders. The program provides diagnostic and speech/language pathology services for preschool and early school aged children with motor speech disorders and language impairments who need extensive services to improve their communication.

Hattie B. Munroe Augmentative Communication Program

This program supports individuals who are unable to speak due to severe speech and language disorders through the use of alternative methods such as sign language, simple picture boards or sophisticated computerized equipment with voice output. Individuals of all ages can receive evaluations to assess their communication needs. Evaluation of numerous Augmentative Communication devices and access methods is available. The RiteCare preschool group provides augmentative communication options and strategies for children and their families as well.

Inpatient Speech/Language Pathology Services

Speech/Language Pathology staff provide inpatient services at the Nebraska Medical Center.