Speech Therapy is the Treatment of Communication Disorders Including Speech, Language, and Swallowing Disorders
This therapy is provided by a speech-language pathologist. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a specialist who is trained in the techniques, strategies, and interventions developed to improve or correct communication and swallowing disorders. The department is staffed with nine Speech language pathologists. Evaluation and treatment for adults and children are offered in our inpatient and outpatient locations. Services include:
Outpatient Speech Therapy
Outpatient Speech Therapy services provide assessment and treatment of swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, voice, speech, and language disorders.
Inpatient Speech Therapy
Inpatient Speech Therapy services provide evaluation and treatment of speech, language and swallowing disorders for hospitalized patients.
Pediatric Speech Therapy
Pediatric Speech Therapy services provide developmental intervention for children who do not demonstrate age-appropriate speech, language and swallowing skills.
Common Diagnoses Treated:
- Neurological conditions including cerebral vascular accident (stroke), traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, and amyotropic lateral sclerosis
- Oral/laryngeal cancer (head/neck cancer)
- Voice disorders, partial cord paralysis, functional disorders, i.e. nodules
- Hearing loss, including cochlear implants
- Developmental delays in speech, language, or swallowing
- Augmentative communication needs
Jan is a 1993 graduate of East Carolina University and a 1996 graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology. Her clinic back ground includes more than 15 years of experience. Jan's special interests are in neurogenic communication disorders and adult and geriatric dysphagia. She is certified in VitalStim therapy and has been a member of the McLeod Rehabilitation Services team since 2004.