Speech Therapy

Speech Therapists specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patient’s across the age spectrum that may have cognitive disorders, communication disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders.

Speech Therapy is used to treat a wide variety of diagnosis. Common conditions include:

  • Facial Weakness following various neurological disorders: Stroke, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Developmental Delays with speech and language
  • Memory Deficits, difficulty with executive function and recall
  • Difficulty forming words, slurred speech, stuttering, apraxic speech, articulation disorders
  • Processing disorders: difficulty understanding written or spoken language related to aphasia
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing seen with dysphagia
  • Voice disturbances
  • Vocal fold nodules/polyps, paralysis, or spasmodic dysphonia
  • Bells Palsy

The Speech Therapist Department at Uvalde Memorial Hospital is also certified in VitalSTIM therapy. VitalSTIM is an FDA approved treatment modality that uses small current electricity through external electrodes to stimulate nerves in the face and neck for the purpose of improving facial muscle activation and swallow function.

Symptoms of Potential Therapy Patients:

  • Difficulty forming words
  • Slurred speech
  • Hoarse voice or voice disturbances
  • Difficulty understanding written or spoken words
  • Hearing loss
  • Inability to recall known words
  • Ongoing difficulty expressing certain sounds or words
  • Facial weakness following a stroke or head trauma
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Complications due to neuro-muscular disease

Obtain a referral from your doctor and call (830) 278-6251 ext. 1621 or fax the referral to (830) 591-0690.