Speech Therapy

Speech and Language Pathology 
Caitlin Ward, MS/CCC-SLP, provides speech and language services at Columbus Community Hospital with a certification in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, a specialized treatment for Parkinson's Disease and neurological impairments. These services include assessment and treatment of speech, language (expressive, receptive, written and reading), voice, fluency, cognition and swallowing disorders from infants to seniors in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Swallow Therapy
Video fluoroscopy and other Radiology studies are available at Columbus Community Hospital to assess your swallowing mechanisms.Swallowing problems can begin at an early age and can be detected by a physician or a dentist when infants are failing to thrive, caused by lack of drinking and eating enough. In older adults, swallowing problems can occur following a stroke or brain injury. “For swallowing, therapy is considered complete when the patient can get back to their normal diet,” said Ward. “It is a big accomplishment to be able to eat and drink what you want again.”

Speech and Vocal Therapy
Speech and vocal problems are typically detected in children when they begin attending school. Adults most commonly require speech and vocal therapy due to neurological damage from a stroke or Parkinson's Disease. Aphasia, difficulty understanding or expressing speech, makes daily activities extremely difficult. “When I see someone for outpatient therapy, I ask them what is most important to them in communication. It could be something as simple as being able to say their own name or their birthdate or it could be communicating with loved ones and saying their love one’s name correctly” explained Ward. “When the therapy is complete, that is what is most rewarding, that they have accomplished what is most important to them.” Ward points out that speech is more than just talking. “I can see a wide range of patients as far as age and disorders. And they can be from any cultural background.” 

If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing swallowing or speech disorders, contact your physician or Ward for further information regarding a referral. Ward may be contacted by calling 920-623-2200 Ext. 1430.