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General therapies

Speech therapy

Sanford Speech Therapy provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to both children and adults. Speech-language pathologists assist adult patients to relearn thinking, communication and swallowing skills, often following an injury or illness. Children are helped to maximize their development in feeding and swallowing, talking or listening, language and thinking and social communication.

The staff participates in the North Dakota Department of Health Cleft Palate Clinic and provides therapy at the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children, as well as many other community sites. All Sanford speech-language pathologists hold masters degrees in speech- language pathology and either hold, or are eligible for, the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Speech and language screenings

Sanford Speech Therapy offers free year-round speech and language screenings for children. Areas screened include:

  • Is your child's speech understood by others? Does your child talk like other kids his/her age?
  • Does your child have difficulty getting words out? Does your child repeat sounds when saying a word?
  • Does your child cough or choke when eating or drinking?
  • Does your child sound hoarse or stuffed up?

If you have any questions about your child's speech and language development, make an appointment for a free screening. For an appointment, call (701) 323-6176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Areas addressed by speech therapy

Cognition Cognition refers to the mental ability to concentrate on, attend to, remember, learn, organize and process information into a logical sequence. These skills are required to solve problems in our daily lives.

Language Language refers to the means by which we convey, thoughts, ideas, wants and needs to other people. Language can be separated into expressive (content, form and use surrounding the message), and receptive (our understanding of the message).An individual can exhibit deficits in expressive or receptive language skills or both.

Voice

A voice problem refers to the manner in which an individual projects his or her voice. The elements of voice are pitch, loudness, quality and flexibility. A voice problem could result in the voice sounding:

•hoarse
•breathy
•nasal
•congested
•soft
•loud
•high-pitched
•low-pitched


Dysphagia

Dysphagia is the inability to or difficulty in swallowing often secondary to neuromuscular impairment, which could be caused by head trauma, strokes, or other injuries and illnesses. A team approach to the treatment of swallowing disorders is used. The team includes: speech language pathologists; occupational therapists; registered dietitians; rehabilitation nurses; physiatrists and radiologists.

Services available include:

•Bedside/clinical swallowing evaluation

•Videofluoroscopic swallowing evaluation

VitalStim therapy

•Dietary consultation with registered dietitian

•Recommendation of feeding techniques

•Provision of special equipment

•Family and patient counseling

•Inservice education

Stuttering

Stuttering (or disfluency) refers to disturbances in the flow of speech. It is characterized by repetitions, prolongations, struggle and tension.

Laryngectomy

Laryngectomy is the surgical removal of the larynx (commonly referred to as the voice box).

Pre-operative therapy includes providing information and counseling the patient and family about its post-operative effects.

Inpatient therapy includes an introduction to various modes of alternative communication, including the use of artificial larynx devices and esophageal speech training. General hygiene and other issues also are discussed.

Outpatient therapy includes further training of esophageal speech and/or the use of an artificial larynx device. Our goal is to enable the speaker to communicate to the best of his/her ability with family, friends and co-workers.

Speech

Speech refers to the production of sounds and words involving breathing, voicing, resonation, rhythm and articulation or sound production. Speech disorders include: dysarthria, apraxia, misarticulation and phonological disorders.

The severity of a speech disorder can range widely from single sound errors to complete unintelligibility.

If you have any questions about speech, language disorders and swallowing, call Sanford Speech Therapy at (701) 323-6176 or email bsm_webmaster@sanfordhealth..org.

Helpful resources:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Aphasia Association

Speech language pathologists


 
Amy Feist
Amy Feist
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Fiona Gunderson, Speech language pathologist
Fiona Gunderson
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Deb Isaacson, Speech language pathologist
Deb Isaacson
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Marjorie Johnson, Speech language pathologist
Marjorie Johnson
Speech language pathologist
VitalStim certified
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Jeanne Kilzer
Jeanne Kilzer
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center

Tracy Kopel, Speech language pathologist
Tracy Kopel
Speech language pathologist
VitalStim certified
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Tracy Lockrem, Speech language pathologist
Tracey Lockrem
Speech language pathologist
Pediatric VitalStim certified
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Carol McLean, Speech language pathologist
Carol McLean
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Krista Murray, Speech language pathologist
Krista Murray
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Cindy Neff, speech langauge pathologist
Cindy Neff
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Collette Regan, speech language pathologist
Collette Regan
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Misty Skavlem, speech language pathologist
Misty Skavlem
Speech language pathologist
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
   
Karmen Steffan, Speech language pathologist
Karmen Steffan
Speech language pathologist
VitalStim certified
Sanford Rehabilitation Center
Renee Ward, speech language pathologist
Renee Ward
Speech language pathologist
VitalStim certified
Sanford Rehabilitation Center

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