Imagine knowing what to say, but not being able to tell another person what you think or how you feel. Some people can't find the words to express their true thoughts and feelings, while others simply can't say the words.
Communication is essential to learning, working and interacting with others. When communication is impaired, it affects every aspect of a person's life.
Communication disorders are commonly associated with hearing loss and problems with speech or language.
Individuals with hearing loss often cannot hear sounds such as a telephone ringing, or must turn up the volume on the television or radio. When speaking to another person, he/she will often ask the speaker to repeat what they said. Hearing loss affects a person's ability to hear and understand sounds, which can lead to problems with learning and speech development.
Speech and language disorders affect the way people talk and understand words. In fact, some individuals lose the ability to speak at all after a serious injury or illness.
Speech-language pathologists work with patients and families to look for effective ways to communicate with each other when normal speech and language has been lost.
Finding the words to say
Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are all evaluated by the speech-language pathologist, who can then determine the best treatment goals to regain the tools needed for children and adults to communicate with others.
The Speech Therapy Department at Baptist Health Louisville provides speech language pathology services to inpatient, outpatient, Rehabilitation, pediatric and neonatal populations. Patients requiring speech therapy services may include:
- Patients with any type of neurological impairment or communicative deficits (swallowing disorders, communication disorder, or speech language disorder.)
- Patients with voice disorders (including laryngectomy or dysphonia.)
- Patients with orofacial abnormalities causing speech or swallowing disorders due to head or neck injuries.
- Children with developmental speech and/or language disorders.
- Patients who stutter.
- Adults or children with hearing disorders.
- Patients who are ventilator dependent.
- Patients with oral-motor feeding disorders.
For more information about Speech Therapy services available at Baptist Health Louisville, call (502) 896-7463. Physician referral is required for speech therapy.