Speech Therapy West Columbia
At Carolina Health and Hearing, we are proud to offer a complete spectrum of speech and language services, including diagnostics and therapies. Our speech therapists are trained to work with children as well as adults, and speech therapies are conducted in a relaxed and comfortable environment such as your home, school or office. We believe successful communication is essential to leading a happy and healthy life. It is our goal to help every patient better interact with their world by improving their speech and communication skills through speech therapy sessions.
Speech Therapy Services for Children and Adults
We work with any individual who experiences issues with speech and/or communication. We specialize in working with those with developmental delays, as well as those with language, articulation, voice, or fluency disorders, feeding or swallowing disorders, apraxia/dyspraxia, speech pragmatic disorders and/or cognitive disorders.
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.
Neurological Disorders Therapies
We also work with children and adults who live with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) or strokes. Our goal is to help people with these disorders live happy and healthy lives where they can communicate and connect with the people and world around them.
Dysarthria and Dysphagia Therapies
Dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can both be common symptom for those with Parkinson’s Disease as well as other neurological concerns. Speech therapy services can include conservation techniques which allow clients to communicate using as little energy as possible to improve speech clarity and tenacity.
Speech aphasia occurs when brain cells are damaged – either by traumatic force or strokes. Aphasia is a communication disorder that can affect a person’s ability to communicate, either verbally when writing or both. Therapies for those with aphasia work to restore language skills through communication practice, compensating for lost skills and finding other means of communication. Aphasia therapies can be given individually or in small groups.