Speech Therapy West Columbia
At Carolina Health and Hearing, we are proud to offer a variety of speech-language services for teenagers and adults. Sessions are conducted in office, in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We believe successful communication is essential to leading a happy and healthy life. It is our goal to help every patient improve his or her quality of life with effective and efficient completion of communication activities of daily living.
Speech Therapy Services for Children and Adults
We work with any individual who experiences a change or difference in communication or swallowing abilities. We specialize in working with those with neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injury, disease processes, or stroke, as well as structural differences, such as tongue tie prehab/rehab.
Social Communication Therapies
Children and adults with social (or pragmatic) communication disorders benefit from social communication therapy. People with social communication disorders have difficulty reading social cues and understanding conversations – as well as how to appropriately react to them. Therapy for social communication issues will focus on teaching appropriate responses for common social situations, coping strategies when interacting with others, as well as sharing and turn-taking. Depending on the age of the patient, social communication therapy may involve playing games, communicating about pictures or talking about interests. Therapies will be tailored to each individual’s likes and needs.
Both apraxia and dyspraxia are issues where the brain has difficulty planning the motor movements necessary to speak. The key difference between the two is that apraxia is typically a disorder one is born with, and dyspraxia is most often acquired (perhaps through a brain injury). A child or adult with apraxia or dyspraxia may know how they want to respond during a conversation, however, the brain is not able to determine how to move the correct muscles in order for the mouth to say the words. Apraxia and dyspraxia therapy work may include “touch” cues or visual cues to help train the brain to better make these connections and plan speech.
Voice, Fluency & Articulation Therapies
Some children and adults have difficulty with articulation, voice or fluency – or actually making speech sounds – rather than understanding communication. This type of therapy involves specialized training the mouth and tongue to articulate specific sounds. If needed, articulation, voice and/or fluency services can be given at the same time as social communication therapies.
Feeding & Swallowing Therapies
Some people with speech and language needs have difficulty eating and/or swallowing. Our therapists will work with children or adults to improve independence and safety when eating or drinking. This could include motor planning to feed oneself, and/or muscle strengthening exercises that improve chewing and swallowing abilities.
Augmentive Communication Therapies
Many people with speech difficulty use augmentative communication devices to help them communicate with others. This technology can be as simple as an application on a smartphone or an entire device dedicated to communication. We train both the individual and the entire family on communication devices to help everyone better understand how to communicate using the technology.