In a perfect world, children are born with no problems, and every child
passes each developmental goal with flying colors. In that imaginary world,
every young child is beginning to put words together, mimicking sounds
and developing the early stages of language. When reality intervenes and
your child’s speech and language development falls short of these
perfect expectations, Coshocton Regional Medical Center Speech and Language
Pathologists are here to help.
Our speech pathologists are trained to identify language disorders in children,
including problems such as:
- Expressive language disorder: The child has difficulty sharing thoughts,
ideas and feelings
- Articulation disorder: Has difficulty with sounds and often uses one sound
for another (“f” sound for “s”)
- Receptive disorder: The ability to understand language
When a problem is suspected by the pediatrician or family medicine physician,
the child is referred to us for evaluation and diagnosis of the language
problem. Some functional disorders can be corrected with the speech therapist’s
intervention, but other problems may be a part of a more complex medical
problem such aphasia, autism, hearing impairment or learning disabilities.
In these cases, our speech pathologists work with patients to develop
the skills needed to reach whatever level of communication is possible.
Speech Problems Aren’t Unique to Kids
While many speech and language disorders surface in childhood, there are
a host of other issues that can also be encountered at any time of life.
Speech pathologists are trained to assist with a range of communication
disorders resulting from voice disorders, traumatic brain injuries, stroke
or other health issues.
We work to address a variety of speech and language problems in adults
- Swallowing dysphagia – Difficulty swallowing as a result of a stroke,
brain injury, weakness of function, disease or breakdown of head or neck
- Aphasia – An acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s
ability to express him- or herself in written and/or verbal form, but
does not affect the person’s intelligence. Aphasia is often the
result of a stroke or brain injury.
- Dysarthria – A motor speech disorder that affects the production
of speech, often associated with the incoordination of speech musculature.
This is a condition that can affect both children and adults.
- Hearing impairment – Therapy to improve speech affected by hearing loss
Coshocton Hospital's Speech Therapy Services are located on the lower
level of the Coshocton Regional Medical Center 311 Building at 311 S. 15th St. If you or a loved one of any age from infant through maturity may
benefit from speech and language therapy, please contact us at 623-4143.