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Speech and Language Pathology

At The University of Kansas Health System, we believe in a holistic, patient-centered approach to speech and language pathology. We understand that effective communication is essential for personal, academic and professional success. Whether you or a loved one is facing challenges in speech, language, voice, fluency or swallowing, our team is here to support and guide you through every step of your therapy journey.

Comprehensive services for your unique needs
Our speech and language pathologist provides expert inpatient and outpatient services for children and adults recovering from conditions that may affect cognitive thinking, communication and swallowing. We provide care for a diverse group of people of all ages.
 

Expert care from assessment to treatment
Language and speech services begin with a comprehensive assessment and differential diagnosis. This initial step allows us to gain a thorough understanding of your unique needs and challenges. Following the assessment, our speech and language pathologist will develop a personalized program for communication, cognitive or swallowing difficulties.
 

Pediatric speech therapy services are available for:
 

  • Receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, including reduced ability to understand or produce language

  • Augmentative and alternative communication, which uses alternative forms of communication, including American Sign Language, speech generative devices and others, to supplement or compensate for impairments in the comprehension/production of speech-language.

  • Pragmatic delays or disorders marked by difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication in social settings

  • Deficits in social communication and social interaction caused by autism spectrum disorder

  • Speech-sound disorders, including persistent errors in articulation, phonology (processing the sound system of language), the ability to produce desired speech caused by muscle weakness and planning of speech (childhood apraxia)
     

Adult speech therapy services are available for:
 

  • Dysphagia, a swallowing disorder that involves the mouth, throat and esophagus

  • Augmentative and alternative communication, which uses alternative forms of communication, including American Sign Language, speech generative devices and others, to supplement or compensate for impairments in the comprehension/production of speech-language

  • Cognitive-communication disorders related to attention, memory, problem-solving and executive function, that may be a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor or dementia

  • Apraxia of speech, which is an acquired motor-speech disorder affecting a person’s ability to plan speech and may be a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor or dementia

  • Dysarthria, which is a motor-speech disorder caused by nerve or brain damage that affects the ability to produce the desired speech
     

We also do videofluoroscopic swallow studies that allow us to see a person’s swallowing action in real time using an X-ray procedure. This test lets the speech-language pathologist see where the food you swallow goes, which parts of your mouth and throat aren’t working as well and what kinds of food you

can swallow most safely.

Benefits of speech and language therapy
 

The key benefit of participating in speech and language therapy services is enhanced function and an improved quality of life. This includes:

  • Improved communication skills

  • Enhanced swallowing function

  • Cognitive and memory improvement

  • Voice rehabilitation

  • Aphasia rehabilitation

  • Social communication skills

Speech and language pathology services will be provided at 1514 NW K-96 Hwy, Great Bend KS, 67530.
To schedule a speech and language pathology appointment, call 620-603-4659.

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