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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists are professionals that are licensed and certified in the identification of speech, language, and feeding/swallowing disorders and the development and implementation of interventions designed to improve skills in these areas. Comprehensive speech pathology services for impaired communication skills are available for patients having difficulty expressing thoughts, feelings, or needs or difficulty being understood by others. Speech-language pathologists work one-on-one with individuals who are unable to communicate effectively, often implementing the use of gestures, pictures, and electronic devices to express themselves. Re-development of cognitive skills – such as organizing thoughts and retaining information – is also an area of focus. Patients with feeding or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) can also receive individualized treatment to improve oral motor and swallowing skills, as well as improving their acceptance of a wider variety of foods. All individuals will receive specialized assessment and treatment to identify areas of need and functional goals to improve targeted skills.

Disorders treated by speech-language pathologists include:

  • Articulation disorders (difficulty producing speech sounds)
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering)
  • Language disorders (expressive and receptive language)
  • Feeding and Swallowing disorders

URS’ pediatric speech-language pathology program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children birth to 18 years of age for speech, language, swallowing, feeding and oral motor skills.

Diagnoses that may be treated include:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cleft palate and related disorders
  • Hearing impairment
  • Developmental Delay
  • Dysphagia

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

United Rehabilitation Services Augmentative Communication Services assist individuals who have severe communication impairments resulting from stroke, brain injury, neurological diseases such as ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Diseases and developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

We offer comprehensive services utilizing both low-tech communication aids and high-tech speech generating devices that are customized to the special needs of each patient. An Augmentative & Alternative Communication evaluation will be completed first, to assess an individual’s speech and language skills and determine which type of communication method is most appropriate, based on the physical, cognitive and language skills of each patient.

Services are personalized to meet the physical, cognitive and language skills and challenges of each of our patients.

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists:

Katie Oxender, MA/CCC-SLP

Karlee Ferrier, MA/CCC-SLP

Bernice Davis, MS/CCC-SLP

Call 937.853.5464 for more information about Therapy Services at URS.