Speech Therapy

Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions that affect oral motor skills, swallowing, and speech and language abilities. Bartow Regional Medical Center's speech therapists work closely with neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and other specialists to thoroughly evaluate patients and treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Cognitive communication disorders, including memory and problem-solving difficulties
  • Language disorders, such as aphasia
  • Lisping or stuttering
  • Motor speech disorders, including dysarthria and apraxia
  • Speech conditions resulting from Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Swallowing disorders, such as dysphagia
  • Voice disorders, including dysphonia
  • Speech and swallowing therapy treatments

Bartow Regional Medical Center's speech therapists provide education, support and treatment strategies to improve communication and swallowing, utilizing a range of treatment options such as:

  • Cognitive retraining, following stroke or other neurological impairment
  • Customized exercises designed to strengthen muscles used in speaking or swallowing
  • Electrical stimulation, such as VitalStim therapy, to improve swallowing ability by retraining motor nerves in the throat
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), to improve communication and quality of life for individuals with Parkinson's disease
  • Nutrition or diet modifications
  • Recommendations and training for communication devices

Our speech therapists provide customized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique challenges, and offer valuable information and encouragement to support each individual’s goals.