We offer an array of speech and language pathology services to individuals across the lifespan with difficulties communicating and swallowing. Our experienced clinicians understand how to work with our patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. At Lifespan, we take a patient-centred approach into our therapy sessions and we believe in treating our patients with the utmost level of respect and dignity. We believe in serving our clients as though they were our own family.
Our services include treating individuals with speech disorders such as when a person has difficulty producing sounds accurately and/or fluently.
Language disorders refer to when a person has difficulty understanding others or sharing thoughts.
Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with verbal and nonverbal social cues.
Cognitive-communication disorders refer to problems with thought organization, memory, problem-solving, planning and/or attention.
Also, we treat feeding and swallowing disorders.
If you’re interested in receiving speech therapy services, please contact us below to schedule your initial consultation.
FREE INITIAL CONSULT AND SCREENINGS
If you think you or your loved one has an issue related to communication or swallowing, we offer free initial consults and screenings to determine if a comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine a customized treatment plan. Call us at 210-876-5282 or email us at lifespanpllc.com to schedule your appointment today.
CLINICAL SWALLOWING EVALUATION AND FEEDING THERAPY
This assessment involves the administration of a variety of textures and consistencies of food to determine the least restrictive diet for each client.
Feeding intervention focuses on:
supporting safe and adequate nutrition and hydration;
determining the optimum feeding methods and techniques to maximize swallowing safety and feeding efficiency;
collaborating with family to incorporate dietary preferences;
attaining age-appropriate eating skills in the most normal setting and manner possible for children (i.e., eating meals with peers in the preschool, mealtime with the family);
minimizing the risk of pulmonary complications;
maximizing the quality of life; and
preventing future feeding issues with positive feeding-related experiences to the extent possible, given the child’s medical situation. (ASHA, 2022)
There are different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Mixed Dementia, and Huntington’s Disease.
The type of dementia someone has tells us what part of the brain is or can be affected. And, most importantly, what kind of treatment plan I will design.
Therefore, a speech-language pathologist completes an evaluation to determine what cognitive deficits are present and plan of care is most appropriate for the client. We will work to improve your memory, attention, problem-solving skills to improve your quality of life.
SPEECH ARTICULATION SUPPORT
You may not have heard of “the magic rule of 8.” By age 8, all speech sounds should be developed.
“R” is historically the toughest sound for children to learn and is often the last sound they get. For some, it continues to be difficult throughout adolescence and adulthood, which means you or your loved one produce “wabbit” when trying to say “rabbit.”
Producing articulate speech requires appropriate timing and placement of articulators (lips, tongue, teeth, cheeks, and nose). The movement of each articulator and how air moves through them are critical to the production of a specific sound.
There are exercises and techniques that I teach to improve timing and placement of these parts to increase speech intelligibility.
Stuttering is the disruption to the flow of speech by involuntary repetitions; prolongations of sounds, words, syllables, or phrases; or involuntary pauses or blocks. Speech therapy can help improve your communication.