Communication and swallowing are vital to daily living for people of all ages — from children to the elderly. Mercy Regional Health Center makes speech therapy available to hospital patients, inpatient rehabilitation patients, nursing home patients, and people who need treatment on an outpatient basis.
A wide variety of life events and diseases can cause speech, language and swallowing dysfunctions. Whatever the reason for your speech difficulties, we can help.
Could speech therapy help?
You could benefit from speech therapy if you:
- Are difficult to understand
- Have slurred speech
- Take inappropriate pauses
- Repeat words
- Have a hoarse, trembling or weak voice
- Have had vocal cord surgery
- Have difficulty thinking of the words you want to say
- Have trouble following directions
- Struggle with reading and written communication
- Have attention and concentration impairment
- Have memory loss
- Have difficulty with problem-solving or reasoning
- Suffered a head injury
- Need help with language development
Could swallowing therapy help?
You could benefit from swallowing therapy if you:
- Have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Cough or choke during or after meals
- Have a gurgly vocal quality
- Are unable to control food or saliva
- Have recurring pneumonia
- Have unexplained weight loss
Speech Therapy Services
We offer treatments to help people of all ages with speech, language, cognition and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Using everything from exercises and strategy training to communication notebooks and speech-generating devices, we help our patients focus on and improve their:
- Auditory and reading comprehension
- Verbal and written expression
- Social communication
- Sequential thought
- Number concepts
- Deficit awareness
- Swallowing impairments
- Specific programs include:
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatment
- Speech Class for Individuals with Parkinson's
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program is a specialty program offered by Mercy Regional for individuals with:
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Some types of stroke
LSVT improves clarity of speech and vocal loudness using a cognitively simple approach. Program staff are certified through LSVT to work with patients with these specific conditions to produce optimal results.
For more information, please contact us.
Speech Therapy Staff
With graduate-level training in speech and language pathology, our speech pathologists have experience in inpatient care, outpatient therapy, home health, and skilled nursing facility settings. We work with everyone from pediatric patients, to nursing home residents, to soldiers with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — all with the goal of making communication easier.
Mercy Regional speech pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Kansas.
Speech therapy resources
Pediatric Questionnaire (PDF) — This form needs to be completed and returned to us before we schedule the initial appointment for pediatric patients. Please obtain an order from your physician. Once we receive the completed questionnaire, we will call you to schedule the appointment.