Mercy Regional Health Center
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We offer treatments to help people of all ages with speech, language, cognition and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Using everything from exercises and strategy training to communication notebooks and speech-generating devices, we help our patients focus on and improve their:

  •  Articulation
  •  Voice
  •  Resonance
  •  Fluency
  •  Auditory and reading comprehension
  •  Verbal and written expression
  •  Social communication
  •  Orientation
  •  Attention
  •  Reasoning
  •  Memory
  •  Judgment
  •  Sequential thought
  •  Problem-solving
  •  Number concepts
  •  Deficit awareness
  •  Swallowing impairments
Specific programs include:
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatment
Speech Class for Individuals with Parkinson's


Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program is a specialty program offered by Mercy Regional for individuals with:

  •  Parkinson's disease
  •  Multiple sclerosis
  •  Some types of stroke

LSVT improves clarity of speech and vocal loudness using a cognitively simple approach. Program staff are certified through LSVT to work with patients with these specific conditions to produce optimal results.

For more information, please contact us.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatment
The Brain Injury Association of America has designated traumatic brain injury (TBI) the silent epidemic due to the number of subtle — and usually long-term — effects of this injury. TBI occurs suddenly and without warning, and the long-term effects often go unrecognized.

While the leading cause of TBI is motor-vehicle crashes, the reality in our community is that many men and women are returning from war and experiencing the long-term, often unrecognized effects of having suffered a TBI while serving our country.

Individuals with TBI demonstrate a wide variety of physical, cognitive and communication impairments, as well as behavioral-emotional changes. Impairments targeted by speech pathologists include difficulties with:

  • Awareness
  • Alertness
  • Orientation
  • Ability to discriminate
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Understanding
  • Talking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Gesturing
  • Problem-solving
     

These impairments are likely compounded by behavioral-emotional changes that result from TBI, including:

  • Lack of emotional control
  • Self-centeredness
  • Denial
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Agitation
  • Lack of motivation

Our goal? To help these individuals identify the long-term effects of TBI and get the rehabilitation they need...right here at home.

For more information, please contact us.

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Speech Class for Individuals with Parkinson's
Mercy Regional Health Center sponsors a speech class specifically for people with Parkinson's, with the goal of enhancing communication effectiveness, vocal intensity and speech intelligibility. This class provides an opportunity to gather with others and practice communication strategies in a fun and stimulating environment.

The class is offered free of charge.  For a class schedule, please contact us.

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