Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions that affect oral motor skills, swallowing, and speech and language abilities. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center's speech therapists work closely with neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and other specialists to thoroughly evaluate patients and treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Cognitive communication disorders, including memory and problem-solving difficulties
- Language disorders, such as aphasia
- Lisping or stuttering
- Motor speech disorders, including dysarthria and apraxia
- Speech conditions resulting from Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
- Swallowing disorders, such as dysphagia
- Voice disorders, including dysphonia
Speech and swallowing therapy treatments
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center's speech therapists provide education, support and treatment strategies to improve communication and swallowing, utilizing a range of treatment options such as:
- Cognitive retraining, following stroke or other neurological impairment
- Customized exercises designed to strengthen muscles used in speaking or swallowing
- Diet modifications
- Recommendations and training for communication devices
Our speech therapists provide customized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique challenges, and offer valuable information and encouragement to support each individual’s goals.
Our outpatient therapy services - the Heart of Florida Therpy Center - is located in the Cypress Physician Building. 40124 Highway 27, Haines City, Suite 103. Please call (863) 419-2500 for more information about all rehabilitation services.