Speech Language Pathology
Speech-language pathology is a profession that seeks to enhance the quality of life for children and adults afflicted with communication and/or swallowing problems. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, fluency and swallowing disorders. These disorders can occur as a result of a medical problem or have no known cause.
Here at CCM Health we believe communication is a basic need and right of all human beings. We strive to help our patients reach their goals so they can engage in daily activities involving effective communication and safe eating. We pride ourselves in providing services through the life cycle, from newborns to older adults. These services are provided in the following settings: inpatient, outpatient, home health and nursing homes.
Scope of Practice
Speech-language pathologists at CCM Health are certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of Minnesota. As defined by ASHA, speech-language pathologists hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), which requires a master’s, doctoral, or other recognized post baccalaureate degree. ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists complete a supervised postgraduate professional experience and pass a national exam. Demonstration of continued professional development is mandated for the maintenance of the certification and licensure.
An interview and evaluation are typically completed at the first appointment, followed by goal setting and treatment to reach those goals. We use an outcome-based approach to our care delivery, meaning we focus on the real improvements clients see in their everyday life.
Problems that we evaluate and treat may include, but aren’t limited to:
-Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
-Cognitive communication ( e.g. memory and language from stroke, dementia or traumatic brain injury)
Specialty Speech Language Services
Pediatric Speech Language Pathology
Pediatric speech language pathology seeks to enhance the quality of a child’s life by improving their communication, swallowing and eating. We can help your child gain the communication and eating skills they need to participate in activities at school, home and everywhere they go. Communication and eating skills are key tasks a child needs to learn to set the foundation for school and life.
CCM Health’s pediatric speech-language pathologists have treated children for a combined 40 years. Our team has specialized training to treat a wide variety of childhood disorders including autism, feeding and oral motor disorders. We can also assist with the following conditions; language disorders, articulation disorders (speech sound errors), apraxia, motor speech disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, feeding problems and swallowing disorders.
Personalized for your child
Our evaluation process lasts about an hour, we will interview the parents and test their child. We gather information from the parents on the medical records, school records and other sources. After the evaluation, a diagnosis is given and a personalized plan is made with the parent for treatment of their child. Then treatment begins! We use tablets, speaking devices, toys and games to make it fun for children to learn speech and language skills. If your child needs assistance with eating, we have a lot of fun activities to explore different types of food. Treatment gives children the chance to gain new skills and grow.
We will examine many factors influencing or preventing feeding including eating environment, eating tools, history with food, cues in the environment, a child’s list of foods, food fears, and communication about food. Treatment techniques include using the 5 senses to get used to and taste food, and making sure the child has the right skills and tools to eat.
We will assess if your child is a “problem eater” or “picky eater”, both can benefit from a comprehensive feeding evaluation and treatment. During treatment your child will have chewing, swallowing and food tasting skills to eat a varied diet with adequate nutrition and facilitate appropriate growth. They will enjoy food and have fun eating!
Parkinson’s Support – LSVT-LOUD
LSVT-LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. It trains people to use their voice at a more normal loudness level while speaking with friends & family, as well as at work or in the community. Extensive research on LSVT-LOUD has documented that the progress that people with PD make as a result of therapy can last for at least two years, if not longer.