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Speech Therapy

St. Claire HealthCare offers quality speech therapy services across the lifespan to the very youngest of children, senior citizens and everyone in between. Whether the problem is a developmental delay in childhood, difficulty swallowing or feeding after an injury or illness (such as cancer or stroke), or difficulty communicating, speech therapy can offer significant benefits to a patient's quality of life.

Our speech language pathologists (SLP) can help:

  • Improve oral-motor skills
  • Be a verbal communicator
  • Be an intelligible speaker
  • Process and comprehend spoken language
  • Put words together to formulate their thoughts with age-appropriate grammatical skills
  • Diminish "jargon" and replace with effective verbal communication
  • Be able to understand directions and language beyond their memorized routines
  • Desensitize children and adults to their difficulties and instill confidence, trust, and self-esteem

Pediatric behaviors that should trigger an SLP referral:

By age 3 years cannot:

  • Be understood by family and/or caregivers
  • Correctly produce vowels and such sounds as p, b, m, w in words
  • Repeat when not understood without becoming frustrated

By age 4 years cannot:

  • Be understood by individuals with whom they do not associate regularly
  • Be understood by family and/or caregivers
  • Correctly produce t, d, k, g, f
  • Be asked to repeat without becoming sensitive

By age 5 years cannot:

  • Be understood in all situations by most listeners
  • Correctly produce most speech sounds
  • Be asked to repeat without exhibiting frustration

Our specially trained speech therapists can help. Call 606.783.6919 for more information, or 606.783.7676 to schedule an evaluation with a speech therapist.