Speech-language pathology is the pathology (science) of speech and language (less formally referred to as speech therapy).
According to The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the following disorders fall under the umbrella of speech-language pathology:
- Language Disorders: Occurs when individuals have difficulty understanding others, sharing thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and/or using language in functional and socially appropriate ways; language disorders may also be in the written form
- Speech Disorders: Occurs when individuals have difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering)
- Social Communication Disorders: Occurs when individuals have trouble with the social aspect of verbal and nonverbal communication. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders struggle with social communication, as do many individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Those with social communication disorders have difficulty:
- Communicating with others socially (e.g., greeting others, asking questions, etc.)
- Changing their way of communicating depending on the listener or setting
- Following socially acceptable rules of conversation and story telling
- Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Occurs when individuals have difficulties paying attention, planning, problem-solving, or organizing their thoughts. Many times, these disorders occur as a result of a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or dementia.
- Swallowing Disorders: Occurs when individuals have difficulty eating and swallowing. Swallowing disorders are often a result of an illness, injury, or stroke.
The practice of speech-language pathology includes those who want to learn how to communicate more effectively, such as those who want to work on accent modification or improve their communication skills. It also includes the treatment of people with tracheostomies and ventilators. Our Speech-Language Pathologist works with patients to address any or all of these areas of concern.
Hours of Operation:
Speech Therapy is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4pm
White Birch Medical Center
899 Central Street
Millinocket, ME 04462
MRH Rehab at White Birch Medical Center
899 Central St.
Millinocket, ME 04462