Speech Therapy

Speech, Language & Swallowing

Jennie Payne - Speech Therapist

Professionals who are educated to assess or treat speech and language development are called speech-language pathologists, sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists.  

Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders.   Speech Therapists can also focus on ability to interact effectively with others and understand the information we receive.  Using methods to organize thoughts and communication can be extremely helpful to restoring a person’s role in the home, the job or the community.  These are only some of the things Speed Therapists do in working with patients to improve their quality of life. 

The role of a Speech Language Pathologists is to:  Evaluate, Diagnose, or Treat communication disorders for children and adults.  Some of the disorders they may treat include articulation disorders, auditory processing disorders, hearing loss, language disorders, English as a second language, phonological disorders, stuttering, and traumatic brain injury.  They can also serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), apraxia of speech, cochlear implants, learning disabilities, pervasive development disorder, speech muscle weakness, or sensory integration disorder.  

Young and old patients alike who have or have had needs for augmentative/alternative communication (ACC), a laryngectomy, feeding issues, cleft lip or cleft palate, swallowing problems, syndromes like Downs, Asperger, CP, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke or dementia may benefit from seeing a Speech Therapist.

Broadwater Health Center in Townsend offers Speech Therapy as part of their Rehab Therapy Department.  If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment call 406-266-3186 ext. 124.