UnityPoint Health - Meriter | Speech Therapy

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UnityPoint Health - Madison

Speech Therapy

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists work together to address neurological impairments. Diagnoses treated include:

  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Brain Injuries
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Memory Loss
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oral Myofunctional Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Strokes
  • Stuttering
  • Vocal Fold Dysfunction
  • Voice Disorders

Our outpatient speech therapists have over 30 years of combined experience. They work closely to help ensure patients reach their best potential. They are certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), licensed in Wisconsin, and use best practices with all their patients. They believe it is crucial to stay updated on research and treatment practices. If you are interested in voice therapy that was created for patients with Parkinson's disease, we have a therapist who is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT). Please ask your doctor for more details or visit www.lsvtglobal.com.

How to Get an Appointment

If you are having difficulty with your voice, communication (expression or comprehension), or swallowing, please contact your doctor. He/she will discuss your concerns and help you decide if a referral to speech therapy is appropriate. After receiving a doctor's order, setting up an initial evaluation is just a phone call away.

Your First Visit

During your first visit, you and your speech therapist will discuss the difficulty you are having. She will ask you questions about the changes you have noticed in your communication, swallowing, or voice and when these changes began. After the extensive interview, an assessment is completed based on your diagnosis. Treatment begins on day one and you will leave with information and/or exercises to help get you started on your road to recovery.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing. Depending on your diagnosis, the speech therapist may recommend specific exercises that may require you to move in different positions.

What is Treatment Like?

Treatment varies based on your diagnosis. In general, expect to be in a welcoming environment surrounded by supportive people who care about you and your progress towards accomplishing your goals. Expect to be involved in every step of this therapy journey. It is very important to be a partner in this process. We will respect your interests and opinions. Expect to receive education about your diagnosis. Your speech therapist will instruct you on exercises or strategies and provide the rationale for why they are recommended. Your speech therapist will present verbal and written tasks at your level that are fun and engaging. Treatment tasks will be advanced as your skills improve. Your speech therapist will also work with you on developing a home program so that progress made in therapy sessions is transferred to your daily life. Expect that your speech therapist will work closely with other disciplines including, but not limited to, occupational therapists, physical therapists, doctors, and psychologists to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible.

Education Materials

Expect to receive education and written information about your diagnosis, exercises, and personalized strategies. It is often helpful to have a person who knows you well attend speech therapy sessions with you.