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Speech/Language Pathology

Our  speech-language pathologists treat adults and children for a variety of disorders.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call adult speech services at 701.780.2330 or speech pediatric therapy services at 701.780.2477. 

Treatment for Adults

The adult program provides evaluation and treatment in the following areas:

  • Stroke - Aphasia - Language Disorder
  • Stroke - Right Hemisphere Cognitive Deficits
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Dysarthria - slurred speech
  • Apraxia - motor planning disorder
  • Voice Disorders
  • Laryngectomy
  • Voice Prosthetics 
  • Esophageal Speech
  • Dysphagia - Swallowing Difficulties
  • Fluency
  • Tramatic Brain Injury

Disorders and Treatment for Children

Did you know that 16 in every 1,000 children are reported to have a chronic speech disorder and that 10 percent of children entering first grade have moderate to severe speech disorders

In addition:

The speech department provides evaluation and treatment in the following areas for children, including:

  • Language Delay or Disorder
  • Articulation - phonology disorders
  • Autism or related disorders
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Swallowing and eating/feeding problems
  • Voice Disorders
  • Stuttering - Fluecy Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Development for weak speech muscles

Motor Speech Disorder

Motor speech disorders are impairments of speech arising from damage to the central or peripheral nervous system.

Parkinson's Disease

  • A progressive, neurological disorder affecting over half a million Americans.
  • The incidence of dysarthria (a disturbance of motor function of speech) is greater in the later course of the disease.

Huntington's Disease

  • 30,000 Americans have Huntington's Disease.
  • Dysarthric speech is a characteristic of Huntington's Disease progression which may span 10-25 years.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • ALS is also called Lou Gehrig's Disease, and affects 30,000 Americans with 5,000 new cases per year.
  • Speech related symptoms of ALS include difficulty in speaking, swallowing and/or breathing.