Speech-Language Pathology Services

Our Speech Pathology program is designed to help people of all ages, children and adults. Recognizing the profound effects communication and swallowing disorders can have on a person’s independence, social interactions, relationships and their overall health, we have developed a team of highly experienced Speech Pathologists. 

Our Speech-Language Pathologists hold specialty certifications from American Speech Language Hearing Association signifying the highest qualification to care for you or your family member. 

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) at Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center provide therapy for various diagnoses and conditions including: 

  • Aphasia: Difficulty saying and/or understanding spoken and written words that is usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain. (aphasia.org
  • Apraxia: Motor speech disorder where messages from the brain to the mouth are disrupted and the person cannot move his or her lips or tongue to the right place to say the sound correctly. (www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Acquired-Apraxia-of-Speech/)
  • Articulation/Speech Disorders: Developmental speech disorders occur when there are mistakes in speech sounds that occur beyond a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. To learn more about typical speech and sound development see How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?
  • Alternative Augmentative - Communication: Conditions requiring speech-generating devices. 
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits (attention/memory): This is seen in patients experiencing Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s Disease, Strokes and other neurological disorders. Therapy may focus on Auditory Comprehension/processing, Verbal Expression (word finding), Memory, Attention and/or Executive Functions (planning, problem solving) 
  • Dysarthria/Motor Speech: Often referred to as “slurred speech”, Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder from impaired movement of the muscles used for speech. (www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria/)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions: an injury to the brain from an external force which can result in cognitive and or communication deficits. (www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/TBI/)
  • Stuttering (Pediatric): Affects the fluency of speech and often includes repetitions of words/parts of words and /or prolongations of speech sounds. (www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/stuttering/)
  • Swallowing difficulty/Dysphagia: Treatment for problems swallowing foods, liquids, medications and/or saliva. (www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/Swallowing-Disorders-in-Adults/
  • Feeding problems/difficulties in children - Feeding disorders are related to problems gathering food and getting ready to suck, chew and/or swallow. (www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/Feeding-and-Swallowing-Disorders-in-Children/)  

To address communication and swallowing concerns, our skilled Speech Pathologists use the latest advances in treatment to achieve maximum outcomes that will allow the patient to reach his or her full potential. The following is a list of some of the specialty services we offer:

Medical Conditions that may benefit from speech therapy: