Speech and Language Therapy
Speech Language Pathologist
Katherine VanEnkevort, MS, CCC-SLP, holds a Masters degree and is certified through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Katherine has also received LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) and VitalStim certifications.
Speech Language and Swallowing
Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones. The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists).
Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders to regain ability to enjoy meals and snacks with family and friends. Speech Language Pathologists work with each family to meet individual needs and customize therapy for optimal benefits.
If you or a family member feel you may benefit from Speech Therapy, please contact our Rehabilitation Services department at:
(906) 341-3254 or toll-free at 1-888-460-8724
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital offers speech-language therapy for infants, toddlers, school aged children, teens, adults and geriatrics.
Differential assessment and design remedial programs are specific to each patients’ special needs. Therapy options include but are not limited to the following diagnoses:
- Delayed Speech and Language
- Hearing Loss
- Phonological Processing Disorder
- Cleft Palate
- Cerebral Palsy
- Swallowing/Feeding Disturbances
- Articulation Disorders
- Craniofacial Disorders
- Head Trauma
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Trisomy Syndromes
- Vocal Cord Nodules
- Vocal Cord Dysfunction
- Childhood Aphasia
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Learning Disability
- Memory & Attention Issues
- Head & Neck Cancer
Treatment Approaches Offered
- Myofascial Release Therapy
- Myofascial Release for speech, voice, and swallowing disorders – Myofascial Release in a manual therapy technique that can be used to improve speech, voice, and swallowing disorders, as well as other conditions such as TMJ. It works by targeting the fascia, a thin layer of tissue between the skin and muscle, and releasing any tension that can be found there.
- Lee Silverman Voice Therapy is a voice therapy program originally designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease, but can be beneficial to people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions. The treatment focuses on improving loudness, breath support, and improved intelligibility for speech.
- VitalStim Therapy
- VitalStim is a form of swallowing therapy that involves electrical stimulation to the muscles responsible for swallowing. It is very similar to E-Stim used in physical therapy, but measured in a smaller dose.
- Auditory – Verbal Therapy
- Oral – Motor Therapy
- Parent Education and Training
- Augmented and Total Communication
- Other Treatment methods as deemed appropriate
- Free screenings available
- Provide one-on-one therapy.
- Assess disorders and provide treatment based on an individualized plan of care.
- Provide community education
- Engender working relationships among professionals, paraprofessionals, and families.
- Prevention of speech, language and hearing disorders.
- Work collaboratively with school personnel to ensure continuity of care.
- Free screening available.