speech therapy

Language is our most human characteristic.

Through our words we share ideas, inspiration and our innermost thoughts.

Speech is our verbal means of communicating and consists of:

Articulation

  • How speech sounds are made.
  • Articulation issues stem from difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that they cannot be understood.

Voice

  • Use of vocal folds and breathing to produce sounds.
  • Problems with pitch, volume or quality of voice can distract from what is being said. They can also cause pain or discomfort when speaking.

Fluency

  • The rhythm of speech.
  • Flow of speech can be interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions and prolonged sounds and syllables, as with stuttering.

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The Speech-Language Pathologists at The Continuum appreciate the importance that speech and communication play in everyday life for people of all ages. They hold Masters Degrees, along with the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. We also remain actively engaged in Speech-Language continuing education to remain at the forefront of new advancements in the field of Speech and Language Pathology as well as swallowing disorders.

Every client receives an individualized evaluation, leading to a differential diagnosis and personalized plan of treatment. With the extensive range of services offered by The Continuum, we are able to assemble a strong team to assess progress and determine program modifications.

The impressive range of varying levels of Speech and Communication programs offered at The Continuum includes therapies and treatments for both adults and children.

Click to reveal diagnoses treated with therapy programs.

Adult Services
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain Tumor
Cancers of the Mouth and Larynx
Cerebral Palsy
COPD
Developmentally Disabled
Encephalitis
Fibromyalgia
Guillen-Barre Syndrome
Hearing Impaired
Huntington’s Chorea
Hypoxia
Learning Disabilities
MG
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Parkinson’s Disease
Seizure Disorder
Stroke
Supranuclear Palsy
Traumatic Brain Injury
Vocal Nodules
Child Services
Apraxia
Attention Deficit
Autism/Asperger’s/PDD
Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Disabilities
Cleft Lip/Palate
Hearing Impairment
Stuttering
Traumatic Brain Injury
Various Syndromes
Vocal Abuse

We are also adept at diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:
Aphasia (Loss of Language)
Auditory Processing
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Cognitive Impairments
Reasoning
Memory
Attention
Thought Organization
Time Management
Problem Solving
Dysarthria
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dysphagia (Swallowing)
Hearing Loss
Homonymous Hermianopsia (Visual Neglect)
Job Performance Difficulties From Cognitive-Linguistic Impairments
Poor Speech Intelligibility Due to Foreign Accent
Pragmatic Language Impairments
Tongue Thrust
Voice Disorders

Special Child Therapy Programs
Articulation Therapy
Auditory Processing Therapy
Augmentation Communication
Devices PECS Picture Exchange Sign Language
Cognitive Therapy
Feeding Therapy
Fluency Therapy
Language Therapy
Phonological Awareness Therapy
Tongue Thrust Therapy
Voice Therapy

A Synergistic and Supportive Approach

speech therapyThe Continuum works closely with referring agencies, physicians, educators, therapists and case managers to assure that treatment strategies are effectively integrated with other programs in which clients participate. Where appropriate, we also work with clients in the community, at work, and in education centers.

In recognizing the importance of positive reinforcement from family members and caregivers, we also encourage their participation in our client treatment programs. Family conferences are often scheduled as part of the individualized plan for progress. Together with our Speech-Language Pathologists, client and family develop program goals aimed at increased independent functioning.

Treatment Approaches
Accent Reduction
Apraxia Therapy
Attention Processing
Augmentative Alternative Communication
Cognitive Retraining
Compensatory Memory Strategies
Compensatory Swallowing Strategies
Diet Modification – Consistency, Texture & Temperature
Effective Communication
Employer Education for Employee Disability
Esophageal Speech with Use of Voice Prosthesis
Facilitating Voice Techniques
Family Education and Training
Feeding Positioning
Fluency Shaping Techniques
On Site Job Task Analysis
Oral Motor Exercises
Oromyofunctional Therapy
Speech Reading (Reading Lips)
Voice Therapy for Dysarthria and Voice Disorders from Parkinson’s Disease
Word Retrieval Strategies
Treatment Goals
Articulation and Speech Intelligibility
Attention
Auditory Processing
Behavior
Cotreatment Disciplines
Family Assistance with Communication
Family Education and Training
Family Understanding of Capabilities
IEP Consultation
Language Expression
Memory
Pragmatic Language Skills
Reasoning and Problem Solving
Receptive Language (comprehension)
School Collaboration
Swallowing
Thought Organization
Time Management
Vocal Quality

Specialty Programs

The Continuum’s Speech-Language Therapy Team has also developed these Specialty Programs.

Swallowing Therapy (Dysphagia)

Swallowing is often impaired following a stroke or head injury, or as a result of a progressive disease. When food “goes down the wrong pipe” it can cause health issues as severe as pneumonia, which is especially critical for the elderly.

Tongue Thrust Therapy (OMT-Oromyofunctional)

Tongue Thrusting is the habit of pushing, thrusting or resting the tongue forward against or between the teeth either passively or during swallowing. This type of constant behavior can result in forcing teeth out of alignment. Causal factors of Tongue Thrusting can include thumb or finger sucking or frequent nasal congestion or nasal obstruction, contributing to mouth breathing. The Continuum offers therapy programs for children and adults.

Feeding Therapy for Children

It is not uncommon for children, especially those with developmental delays, to experience problems eating. Sometimes it’s related to weak muscles in the mouth, or it can be due to a food aversion or sensitivity to certain tastes or textures. Speech-Communication Pathologists at The Continuum are trained to manage these challenges with techniques ranging from mouth exercises, mouth desensitization, behavior modification and family training.

Speech Therapists at The Continuum also hold the following Special Certifications:

  • Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • BIG Program for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment
  • Strain Counterstrain
  • Aston Kinetics Fitness for Living Classes for Seniors
  • LOUD program for Parkinson’s Disease

Meet Our Speech-Language Therapy Staff

Rachel Moll

Rachel Moll,
MS CCC-SLP

Supervisor
Speech-Language Pathologist

Bonnie Deach

Bonnie Deach,
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Pediatric Case Manager

Lucy Michel Greenly

Lucy Michel Greenly,
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cassie Silva

Cassie Silva,
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Skye Dixon

Skye Dixon,
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristine Carter

Kristine Carter,
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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