Comprehensive and Personalized Care for Speech Disorders in Metro Detroit

A speech pathologist works with people of all ages to treat many types of speech and communication, cognition and swallowing problems. With early intervention, people with speech disorders, language delays and communication problems resulting from a neurological event like a stroke benefit from early intervention resulting in improved communication return to school or work, and self-confidence.

The experienced and compassionate speech therapists at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan can perform a broad range of techniques and activities to provide treatment and support for verbal, nonverbal and social communication in its rehabilitation facilities throughout metro Detroit.

We commit to helping you reach your health goals, including:

  • Increase verbal communication and comprehension skills
  • Improve memory and problem-solving skills
  • Strengthen swallowing muscles
  • Improve voice quality or conditions

Find a Speech-Language Pathologist in Metro Detroit

At DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, we commit to providing advanced, comprehensive and accessible rehabilitation care to the communities we serve with experienced and compassionate service.

We offer numerous options for outpatient speech therapy services at multiple locations throughout metro Detroit including:

Overcoming speech or language disability can take time. Early intervention tends to produce better results and help boost self-confidence.

If you or a loved one suffers from a speech or language disorder following a stroke or injury or wants to learn how to communicate more effectively, please speak with one of our experienced speech-language pathologists for evaluation and proper diagnosis.

What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech refers to the expression of thoughts through complex movements of coordinated muscle actions in the head, neck, chest and abdomen. Speech and communication disorders range from producing sounds incorrectly to being completely unable to speak or understand speech.

Some speech and communication disorders are genetic. Other causes include the following:

  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Other neurological conditions such as Multiple Schlerosis
  • Hearing disorders and deafness
  • Voice problems, such as dysphonia or those caused by cleft lip or palate
  • Stuttering
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorder

Speech therapy or speech-language pathology provides assessment and treatment for people with speech and communication disorders. The goals of speech therapy include improving pronunciation, strengthening the muscles used in speech and learning to speak correctly.

People with the following speech and communication problems can benefit from speech therapy:

  • Speech disorders – occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently or has voice and resonance problems
  • Language disorders – refer to problems involving the use of a spoken or written form of language in functional and socially appropriate ways or when a person has trouble understanding others; sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings
  • Social communication disorders – include problems communicating for social purposes, talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting or following rules for conversation and storytelling
  • Cognitive-communication disorders – refer to problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning or problem-solving
  • Swallowing disorders – also known as dysphagia, refer to feeding and swallowing difficulties following an illness, surgery, stroke or injury

What Does a Speech Pathologist Do?

With speech therapy, speech-language pathologists or speech therapists use a variety of methods, such as:

  • Provide augmentative and alternative communication systems for individuals who are unable to verbally communicate
  • Work with people who want to learn how to communicate more effectively, including accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement
  • Provide training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals
  • Work collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines
  • Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing

What Are Some Examples of Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy techniques depend on the disorder. Some of the methods used in speech therapy include:

  • Social communication – use of comic strip illustrations, conversation exercises to improve communication, role play in a group setting, storytelling, memory activities and
  • Breathing exercises – assist with laryngeal and respiratory control
  • Mouth exercises – improve functions of oral muscles, including the tongue, lip and jaw, to help improve communication
  • Swallowing exercises – include exercises of the lips, jaw, tongue, soft palate, pharynx, larynx, or respiratory muscles to improve function to help individuals with Parkinson's disease, oral cancer, stroke or swallowing difficulties manage their symptoms

Why Choose DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for Speech Therapy?

The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is a proud member of Detroit Medical Center and is solely focused on providing advanced rehabilitation services. We believe that comprehensive care is crucial in a patient's successful recovery and maintaining a consistently healthy lifestyle post-recovery. We offer outpatient services at more than 20 locations in southeast Michigan, including specialty services to help patients transition back to their homes, work, school or community.

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