Improving and Strengthening Communication
Speech therapy is designed to diagnose and treat cognitive, voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. The treatment plan offered at Texas Health Flower Mound is individualized for each patient and can include areas of deficits, vocal function exercises, recommended diet changes, the development of compensatory strategies, and outpatient Modified Barium swallow studies.
We offer a comprehensive approach to rehab to work towards baseline function with integrated therapy approaches that are used by our certified professionals.
What is the difference between fluency and articulation?
Certified speech therapists or pathologists assist patients in improving both fluency and articulation with speech therapy. Fluency disorders occur when an individual has difficulty speaking a complete word or may repeat certain sounds, which interrupts their verbal communication. Involuntary repetitions of sounds or syllables are made with stuttering disorders and impair the flow of speech.
Articulation disorders occur when an individual has difficulty arranging words or syllables. Lisping is another sign of an articulation disorder.
Cognitive Communication Explained
Cognitive communication can be affected by underlying causes due to cognitive deficits instead of speech deficits. It can result from impaired functioning of the cognitive processes with orientation, memory, attention, language, processing speed, executive functioning, metacognition, or reasoning in the brain.
Cognitive communication disorders vary in severity and can often be caused by strokes, head injuries, brain tumors, and degenerative diseases.
Memory / Problem Solving
Our speech therapists at Texas Health Flower Mound address how language affects both memory and cognition.
Our certified professionals work closely with patients to improve their language skills while strengthening their ability to retain new speech. They also assist with the development of mental organization to improve how words are arranged with verbal communication.
Swallow Studies / Oral Feeding
Swallowing studies test how well a patient swallows, whether they have difficulty chewing food or are prone to gagging. They may also choke frequently when consuming liquids. SLP tests how individuals eat and drink by asking the individual about their health history, which may include surgeries or past illnesses. The mouth muscles will be tested, along with specialized tests that include modified barium swallow and endoscopic assessment.
At Texas Health Flower Mound, oral feeding is included in our treatment plan to form the proper development of swallowing, sucking, and learning how to breathe while eating. The treatment may also include helping with sensory issues, changing food texture, strengthening the mouth muscles, improve movement of the tongue, and improving the ability to suck from a cup.
Our speech language pathologists work closely with patients to help each individual develop the skills they need to improve communication by addressing the underlying cause of the issues. When you need speech therapy, our physical therapy services are here for you.
Contact Texas Health Flower Mound today to learn more about our Physical Therapy department. We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our licensed professionals.