What is a speech or hearing problem?
It 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.

Who can be effected by these problems?
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.

What is the service referral process?
Speech and language evaluations and treatment are available to inpatients and outpatients at Riverview health care Association. 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.

What services are available to treat these disorders?
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.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of a speech and language disorder?
Children:

  • delayed speaking
  • speech getting more difficult to understand 
  • frustration in not being understood
  • social isolation
  • stuttering or a raspy, hoarse voice

Adults:

  • 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