Communicating with our voice is a critical social skill, vital to learning, working and other daily interactions. When health conditions impact vocal communication, a person called a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist can help. In this evolving healthcare specialty, speech therapists can teach patients how to manage speech clarity, as well as comprehension, and mechanical aspects that impact communication like chewing and swallowing.
Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke, traumatic accident, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, head and neck lymphedema, or other physical impairments or surgery that changes their ability to use language or their ability to swallow.
Children may need help either with language or the mechanics of speech. Occasionally the need extends to multiple facets of speech, language, and swallowing in kids’ speech therapy and treatment.
At St. Vincent Health, Holly Kosanovich, MS, CCC-SLP of the Center for Vocal Health, is the clinician who helps patients with speech and language needs. Her specialty practice includes treatment of a variety of vocal and speech disorders through voice rehabilitation and swallow rehabilitation, including various vocal pathologies, head and neck cancer, and neurological conditions.
Call 719-486-7180 for an appointment with Holly.