From the Hi-Ability Therapy Team: The Ins and Outs of Speech-Language Pathology
At Ann Storck Center, we’re lucky to be a part of a multidisciplinary team of therapists treating children, adults and seniors in the South Florida community. We’re especially proud to treat the residents and participants of Ann Storck Center’s programs. These programs help individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence – a mission deeply meaningful to us. We’re the Speech-Language Pathology team at Hi-Ability Therapy Services, and we evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. Communication is a huge part of independence, learning, socializing, and basic living. There isn’t one way to communicate, and we help people of all abilities find their voice in whatever form it takes.
What is Speech-Language Pathology? There’s so much to communication that we can take for granted, like how close to stand when someone is talking, using memory and organization when crafting dialogue, even the physical use of our throat and nose when speaking. Speech-Language Pathologists or SLPs help people of all ages, from newborns to adults, with all of the above. We also treat disorders related to language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, and feeding and swallowing. Aside from communication, SLPs also help with the mechanics of eating. This includes newborns that need help sucking, and extremely picky eaters who need exposure to more tastes and textures.
When to Seek Out Therapy for Children and Adults Coming across speech, language or feeding challenges at any stage in life is stressful. No concern is too small to discuss with your healthcare provider. For children, we follow guidelines based on age to ensure children are progressing their communication skills at a healthy rate. Regular check-ups with your pediatrician monitor your child’s progress. For adults, the need for speech-language pathology will oftentimes be caused by another medical condition, such as a stroke or a surgery, but not always. Whatever the case, don’t keep concerns to yourself!
Who We Are at Ann Storck Center What makes our team so unique? We specialize within various populations, from pediatrics to geriatrics, verbal to nonverbal, genetics to during-life complications. We also treat clients who speak different languages, including English, French, Creole, and Spanish, just to name a few. Some of us specialize in adult swallow disorders, pediatric feeding and swallowing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), voice disorders and more. Now imagine… that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Our therapists are motivated, dedicated, passionate, and hungry to make a difference one resident, client and student at a time! So, don’t be shy. Flag us down and ask us questions. We’re here to collaborate and get creative.