Speech therapy, or speech-language pathology, is a healthcare profession focused in communication, speech, language, voice and swallowing. Services include identification, evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing impairments. Speech-language pathologists also aid people with foreign or regional accents that want to learn another speech style.
Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Your Care
Our speech-language pathologists hold a master's degree and have earned the Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our speech-language pathologists are licensed by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Your Speech Therapy Team
- Shelby Latham, MS, CCC-SLP
- Lauren Watkins, MS, CCC-SLP
Our Speech Therapy Facility
Hospital patients and long term care residents are treated at bedside.
Outpatients are also seen in the hospital setting. Modified barium swallow studies are performed in the Radiology Department.
Who Needs Speech-Language Pathology?
Communication difficulties can have a devastating effect on the quality of one's life. Feelings of frustration, isolation and loss of self-esteem frequently develop. In children, communication impairments can interfere with educational progress and social-emotional development. In adults, impaired communication skills can interfere with social-verbal interaction, economic opportunities and self-sufficiency. Complete withdrawal from family, friends and society as a whole can occur.
The ability to swallow is a function we often take for granted. Those who are unable to swallow properly face difficulty with nutrition, choking, aspiration and subsequent pneumonia. A clinical evaluation of swallowing may be needed or a radiological examination, a modified barium swallow study, may be required to properly diagnose and treat swallowing deficiencies.
Conditions Treated by Speech Therapy
Our speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat the following conditions:
- Aphasia - A language impairment affecting the ability to speak or the ability to understand language
- Articulation and phonology impairments - Affects the clear production of sounds
- Delayed language skills in children
- Dysphagia - Difficulty swallowing
- Voice impairments
How Do I Begin Speech-Language Pathology?
- For insurance coverage, you will need a written referral for speech-language pathology from your doctor.
- Next, call our department at 270-338-8413 to schedule an appointment. Have your insurance information available during this phone call.
- Bring the following to your first appointment:
- Written referral from your physician
- Insurance card(s)
- List of your medications
- Legal guardian if the patient is a minor
We look forward to being your partner in rehabilitation.
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