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Speech-Language Pathologist provides evaluation and treatment in communication areas related to speech, language, cognition, voice, oral motor/sensory function, and fluency. Individuals are served to facilitate functional communication.

If an individual is not able to achieve independence in communication, speech therapy can offer education, counseling and strategies for both the individual and his/her family for the most effective method of communication.

The department also provides evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders, including safe swallow techniques, pharyngeal strengthening maneuvers, safe texture management, and teaching of compensatory skills to achieve least restrictive diet possible. Adults can repair neurological damage from a head injury or stroke, improving their memory, attention and ability to express ideas and needs. Infants and children can receive speech therapy services for delayed speech and language development as a supplement to services received in the school district. Evaluation appointments can be made on a referral from a physician.

Services for adults: Evaluation and treatment

    • Dysarthria
    • Apraxia of speech
    • Aphasia including word recall, comprehension, and expressive language
    • Voice
      • Hyperfunctional (nodules, edema, vocal abuse/misuse)
      • Hypofunctional (vocal fold paresis/paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease)
      • Offer Lee Silverman Voice Treatment: This program enhances the ability to communicate in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Years of research support its effectiveness with the Parkinson’s population as well as other neurological disorders. This approach improves the ability to communicate and enhances the quality of life for patients living with neurological disorders
    • Swallowing
      • Oral-motor and clinical swallow assessments determine the risk of aspiration and if a Modified Barium Swallow Study is necessitated. The Modified Barium Swallow Study allows assessment of the anatomy and physiology of the oral and pharyngeal swallow and determination of proper diet and compensatory swallow techniques.
      • Offer neuromuscular electrical stimulation: This therapy is the only neuromuscular electrical stimulation that is FDA approved to treat Dysphagia, a condition that causes discomfort or difficulty swallowing. Specially-designed electrodes deliver a small, carefully calibrated current of electricity stimulating the motor nerves in the throat. This therapy re-educates the muscles responsible for swallowing through repeated sessions, with the end result of improved swallowing function.
    • Cognition including memory, attention, and executive functioning
    • Accent modification
    • Stuttering/cluttering

Services for small children (birth to 5) and school age population: Evaluation and treatment

    • Articulation/Phonological processes
    • Expressive and receptive language
    • Stuttering/cluttering
    • Cognition

For more information about GSHCS Speech Therapy office call 541.667.3635. Though a physician referral is required for most services, they are more than willing to answer any of your questions and help you with the referral process. GSHCS Speech Therapy is welcoming new patients.

Our Location

Speech Therapy
Phone: 541.667.3400
600 NW 11th Street , Suite E-25
Hermiston, OR 97838

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