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What does a Speech Therapist do?

What does a Speech Therapist do?

Many people think a speech therapist provides therapy to only children having difficulties with certain sounds. Actually a speech therapist’s scope of practice is very broad. Speech language pathologists are professionals who have a minimum of a master’s degree.  A speech language pathologist’s scope of practice ranges from pediatric patients to elderly patients. Speech language pathologists are qualified to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a broad spectrum of disorders.

We Can Help!

Some of the symptoms we can treat: 

  • Difficulties speaking or understanding
  • Voice problems
  • Thinking and memory problems
  • Swallowing and feeding difficulties
  • Speech and Language delay disorders.

Some of the disorders we can treat: 

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s
  • Dementia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Autism
  • Head and neck cancer
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)
  • Multiple Sclerosis

 Meet our Speech Therapist at Brodstone Memorial Hospital

Amy NashAmy Nash M.S. CCC-SLP - Amy has been a practicing speech therapist in the medical setting for 14 years.  Amy’s clinical experience ranges from skilled nursing facilities, acute inpatient, pediatrics and training in dementia. Amy graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  Listed below are a few of Amy’s certifications and interests:

  • Vital Stim for dysphagia therapy
  • LSVT LOUD
  • Myofascial release
  • Pediatric swallowing disorders
  • Modified Barium Swallow studies

 Speech Therapy Facts:

  •  Approximately one million Americans suffer from aphasia (asha.org)
  • Swallowing requires the coordination of 26 muscles in the mouth, throat, and esophagus.
  • The average person swallows 600 times a day.
  • 6-8 million Americans have some sort of language impairment (asha.org)
  • Aspiration may occur silently over time without an awareness it is taking place.

Speech therapy services are available Monday through Friday.  Call 402-879-4432, ext # 5120 to make an appointment or to ask any questions.