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.