UnityPoint Health-Meriter's speech and language pathologists in Madison, WI evaluate patients with communication difficulties, poor verbal expression, impaired cognitive or auditory comprehension, swallowing disorders or vocal cord dysfunction resulting from a medical event or condition. We provide comprehensive, customized therapy services to adults of all ages. Our experienced staff is committed to delivering professional, individualized and compassionate care.
Individuals with a wide variety of diagnoses or injuries may develop communication, cognitive, memory or swallowing deficits and may benefit from speech, voice, cognitive or language therapy. Common disorders include, but are not limited to:
- Brain injury: traumatic, brain tumor, resection, aneurysm
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Voice Disorders
Your first therapy session is a 60-minute appointment during which time you and your Speech Language Pathologist will review your pertinent medical history, discuss your concerns and your goals for therapy. Next, your therapist will conduct a thorough oral motor muscular and cranial nerve exam assessing the movement and coordination of those muscles and nerves. Following that, a standardized formal evaluation specific to your impairment(s) will be administered. Follow up appointments will be scheduled to continue the assessment and begin treating your condition.
What is Treatment Like?
Treatment varies based on your diagnosis. In general, expect to be in a welcoming environment surrounded by experienced people with specialized training to guide 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. Expect to receive education about your diagnosis. Your Speech Language Pathologist will educate you with exercises, techniques or strategies and provide the rationale for why they are recommended. Treatment tasks will be advanced as your skills improve. Expect that your Speech Language Pathologist will work closely with other disciplines including, but not limited to, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and psychologists to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible.
UPH-Meriter offers SPEAK OUT!® and LSVT LOUD® programs for individuals with Parkinson's and related neurologic disorders. These programs are specific therapy approaches directed at strengthening the muscles used for speaking and to teach patients how to speak with intent and deliberation.