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Speech Therapy

A speech or hearing problem is a disorder or defect that makes it difficult for a person to have others understand what he or she is saying or to understand what other people are saying. Anyone at any age can have a communication problem. It can be caused by a birth defect, aging, an accident, disease, brain injury or other environmental causes.

Evaluation and treatment is available for all types of communication disorders. The earlier a problem is professionally evaluated, the better the chances are for successful treatment. The speech and language department at RiverView offers comprehensive services to help with all kinds of speech and hearing disorders.

Signs and symptoms


  • Word recall problems
  • Speech getting more difficult to understand
  • Difficulty understanding what others say
  • Reading comprehension and writing deficits
  • Stuttering
  • Facial weakness or a significant change in the voice


  • Delayed speaking
  • Speech getting more difficult to understand
  • Frustration in not being understood
  • Social isolation
  • Stuttering or a raspy, hoarse voice

Pediatric speech language therapy

Speech and language pathologists work with individuals to improve feeding, verbal communication, articulation and other communication skills which are needed for participation in everyday activities.

Special evaluations and interventions are available for:

  • Augmentative alternative communication (AAC) (pictures, signs, symbols)
  • Articulation and phonological disorders (not speaking clearly and difficulties making sounds correctly)
  • Oral motor skills
  • Swallowing and feeding disorders
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering)
  • Hearing disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Voice deficits (hoarseness, vocal nodules, polyps)
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Reading delays
  • Autism spectrum disorders

Pathologists may also work with the following diagnoses:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome and other syndromes
  • Autism/Asperger's disorder
  • Developmental/cognitive delay
  • Premature infants
  • Cleft palate
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our therapists hold certification and extensive training in:

  • Certified lactation consultant
  • The picture exchange communication system (PECS)
  • Autism studies
  • SCERTS assessment, program planning and intervention for a child with autism

Scheduling an evaluation

Speech and language evaluations and treatment are available to inpatients and outpatients at RiverView Health. By calling your regular doctor or calling one of the speech and language pathologists at RiverView, you can get specific information about how to get help with your communication problem.