Speech and Language Therapy
Congenital and acquired speech and language impairments can impact both children and adults’ ability to communicate ideas, speak and understand language. The inability to communicate and comprehend language has a significant impact on an individual’s life. Speech and language therapy provides treatment for individuals with speech, voice or language disorders so that they can develop or restore their ability to communicate.
While speech disorder specifically refers to a problem with the production of sounds, a language disorder refers to difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate. At Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), our licensed speech/language pathologists evaluate and address areas of concern thoroughly in order to properly identify the disorder. They use cutting-edge diagnostic procedures such as a barium swallow – an x-ray test used to detect abnormalities of the pharynx and esophagus.
Upon completion, our pathologists work with the patient and family to create treatment plans based on a patient’s condition and needs. This highly individualized care, combined with diagnostic procedures and rehabilitation techniques, helps our patients overcome their communication problems and, more importantly, become active participants in their own lives.