Comprehensive Speech Services for All Ages
There are several different types of speech and language disorders, but all of them affect the patient’s ability to communicate. Patients with speech disorders understand the language but have trouble with pronunciation and fluency. Language disorders, on the other hand, impact the patient’s language comprehension. Speech-language disorders affect people of all ages and can make it difficult for them to fully express their thoughts and feelings. High Level Speech & Hearing Center offers a wide range of speech services in the Greater New Orleans area to help our patients improve their ability to communicate and provide them an opportunity to live fuller, happier lives.
About Our Speech Services
In 2018, Expertise.com voted High Level "Best Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year," an achievement we met and maintain through our extensive speech services. We offer both speech assessments and treatments. The majority of our speech patients are children, and we’ve helped them with common disorders such as lisps, as well as disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and feeding and swallowing disorders. We also frequently assist adults who have trouble speaking due to stuttering, injuries, strokes, and more. Our advanced equipment and evaluation processes help us provide each patient with a reliable diagnosis and effective treatment options.
How Speech Problems Impact Lives
According to the Department of Health, almost 8% of children have a disorder associated with speech, voice, language, and swallowing. Because speech-language disorders impact the patient’s ability to communicate, they may contribute to an array of related emotional, social, and academic concerns. Low self-esteem, isolation, withdrawal, and trouble with reading and verbal skills are commonly associated with these disorders. Some of the most common speech disorders include:
Trouble with individual aspects of the speech process, such as fluency (stuttering and cluttering), articulation, cognition, and voice
Apraxia (difficulty with certain letter sounds or syllables)
Dysarthria (muscle weakness in face, tongue, throat, and/or chest)
Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
Aphasia (damage to the brain, usually caused by a stroke, that leads to speech issues)
Our Speech Pathologists and Their Treatments
The award-winning team of speech therapists at High Level uses state-of-the-art technology and treatment options to provide patients of all ages with resources and skills to help address their speech-language disorders. All of our speech therapists hold a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences, are licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners on Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and have received a clinical competency certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Speech therapy can help patients learn verbal exercises specific to their conditions, which, with time and practice, may help patients gradually readjust their methods of speaking, and the correct approach can become habit. For certain disorders, we may also provide supplemental assistance, such as ear devices to improve fluency for those who stutter and medication to reduce anxiety when speech problems are triggered by stress.
If you or your child struggle with speech, language, or swallowing, you're not alone; over 7 million people in the United States are affected by these types of disorders. With offices in Uptown New Orleans and Harahan, the licensed speech therapists at High Level Speech & Hearing Center offer speech assessments and speech therapy to children and adults across Greater New Orleans. Schedule an appointment for an assessment today.