speechThe Speech-Language Pathologists at our facility provide evaluation and treatment for infants and children to adults and geriatrics. These professionals have master's degrees, are licensed by the state of Arkansas, and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Services are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Speech Pathology services provide evaluation and treatment in the following areas:

Pediatric population: articulation (the ability to produce sounds), language delay (the ability to understand and produce meaningful responses), oral motor and feeding disorders, cognitive/linguistic apraxia (motor-planning), dysfluency (stuttering), autism, hearing impairment, cochlear implants, and voice disorders.

Adult population: memory, attention, comprehension (auditory and reading), expression (verbal and written), aphasia (word finding), dysarthria (speech production), weakness of facial musculature, voice, traumatic brain injury, and dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders).

The hospital has access to instrumental dysphagia evaluations such as Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) or video fluoroscopy. Recommendations are also made to patients regarding diet texture, meal-time safety, and compensatory strategies.

An evaluation is the first step of the speech-language therapy process. This allows the therapist to measure a patient's strengths and weaknesses and design a treatment plan for each individual's specific needs. Speech-language pathologists also coordinate care with the patient's other rehabilitation specialists.

* This clinic is available to you by physician referral. If you feel you or your child may be in need of our services, consult with your primary care physician about a referral.