Speech Therapy

The Speech Therapy Program utilizes a degreed speech-language pathologist to assist patients with communication & swallowing disorders.

What is a Speech Therapy Program?

The Speech Therapy Program is a provision of a hospital-wide service that is an integral part of the Physical Rehabilitation Services Department, whose focus is primarily on communication and swallowing disorders.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists maintain a Texas licensure along with a clinical certification and hold at least a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from a state accredited university, followed by a post-graduate clinical internship.


Who can benefit from a Speech Therapy Program?

  • Speech and swallowing limitations following a stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or development disabilities
  • Cognition difficulties
  • Mental health or behavior issues
  • Neuromotor disease processes, i.e., multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy


What are the goals of a Speech-Language Pathologist?

  • Preserve the rights and dignity of the patient
  • Lessen patient frustration
  • Assist the patient and family in gaining an understanding of the communication and swallowing dysfunction
  • Assist the patient in achieving his or her highest level of functional speech


How does the Speech Therapy Program work?

Speech TherapyThe Speech Therapy program is offered in two stages:

Inpatient
While in the hospital, the Speech-Language Pathologist will direct and supervise your immediate activity program and provide you with education regarding your recovery process

Outpatient
This stage of the program may be entered immediately following the Inpatient stage or simply as a “walk in”. At this level of rehabilitation, the Speech-Language Pathologist will complete a comprehensive evaluation, develop a working speech therapy diagnosis, establish an outcome and select direct interventions, and provide patient- and family-related instructions/education. The overall objective at this stage is to obtain the most optimal functional outcome possible for the patient.

How do you begin a Speech Therapy Program?

A physician’s referral is required for both inpatient and outpatient speech therapy services. Once the referral is made, the Speech-Language Pathologist will complete your evaluation, determine intervening modalities, establish diagnosis-related goals and implement a treatment regime. This information, along with your medical history, will help us to develop your individualized speech therapy program. Communication occurs with your physician through written progress reports that monitor your progress through the Speech Therapy Program.
Insurance companies cover inpatient and outpatient Speech Therapy. We would be glad to contact your insurance company to establish pre-certification and to inquire about coverage prior to beginning the program. For more information about the Citizens Medical Center Speech-Language Therapy Program, contact the Speech Therapy Department at (361) 572-5030.