Speech therapy at St. Peter’s Health helps adults and children who have issues with their speech, language, cognition, voice or swallowing.
Our speech therapists (also known as speech–language pathologists) can diagnose disorders and conditions that may be causing or related to these issues. They then create for you or your child an individualized treatment plan to address them.
Who Can Benefit from Speech Therapy?
Adults or children who have:
- Aphasia (impaired ability to process or use language)
- Apraxia of Speech and Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Cognitive-Communication Disorder (i.e., communication problems caused by an underlying cognitive issue such as attention, memory or executive function deficits)
- Delayed Speech Development
- Developmental Delays
- Dysarthria (Difficulty Articulating)
- Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)
- Fluency Disorders (e.g., Stuttering)
- Receptive or Expressive Disorders
- Voice Disorders
- Voice Quality Issues (e.g., from vocal abuse or cancer)
St. Peter’s Approach to Speech Therapy
At St. Peter’s Health speech therapy, we have speech therapists trained to work specifically with adults or with children.
Our speech therapists will:
- Meet with you or your child for an assessment, including a physical examination and standardized assessments for speech production, language and/or cognitive-linguistic issues.
- Following the evaluation, we develop an individualized plan of care that is tailored to your or your child’s needs, strengths and weaknesses.
- As part of that plan, we provide education to you, your family members and caregivers. This includes information about impairments, disease processes, and modifications you can make to your environment or behavior to address impairments (often referred to as compensatory strategies).
Quality Speech Therapy at St. Peter’s
- Speech therapy for adults: We have speech therapists who focus on treating adults. They address language, speech, cognitive and swallowing issues that are the result of neurological conditions, such as a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), dementia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
- Pediatric speech therapy: We offer speech therapy as part of our continuum of pediatric therapy. Speech therapists address communication issues in infants through school age children, including expressive and receptive language issues, following directions, vocabulary, phonetic awareness and being understood by others.
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in one setting: If you or your child are also receiving physical therapy or occupational therapy at St. Peter’s Health, our rehab team will work together to integrate your therapies so you are receiving the most benefit from therapy.
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD certification: We provide LSVT LOUD therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Our therapist has LSVT LOUD certification, which ensures you are receiving the most up-to-date approaches to LSVT therapy.
- Voice therapy: We use the Visi-Pitch IV instrumentation and software for evidence-based voice assessment. This technology also allows us to provide you with visual and auditory (sound cues) biofeedback during voice therapy treatment. This feedback can improve your progress and help you achieve your therapy goals more quickly.
Speech Therapy Programs and Services
- Alternative Communication Devices
- Aphasia Therapy (Inability to Speak)
- Auditory Processing Therapy
- Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Therapy
- Feeding and Swallowing Therapy
- Language Therapy
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD
- Memory and Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Pediatric Therapy
- PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) Treatment for Apraxia
- Speech Articulation Therapy
- Voice Therapy
Location(s) of Speech Therapy Services
Helena, MT 59601