If you or your child needs help with speech, language or swallowing skills, you may benefit from speech therapy. The speech therapists at University of Missouri Health Care provide effective, compassionate care for adults and children. We work in collaboration with your referring doctor and other physicians to provide complete care for your individual needs.

Speech therapy

Our speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists, help you regain speech function for success at home, school or work. Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and improve your quality of life.

Speech therapy services we offer

At MU Health Care’s Mizzou Therapy Services — Business Loop, many of our patients have problems that are directly caused by medical disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, and Parkinson’s Disease, but we also treat more isolated problems.

Our speech-language therapists design treatment plans to address communication problems, memory loss and swallowing dysfunction, including:

  • Cognitive-linguistic skills. These are skills related to your attention, memory, thinking, reasoning, safety awareness, decision making, planning and organizing.
  • Fluency. Fluency difficulties can include stuttering as well as problems producing normal speech rate and rhythms.
  • Social interaction. This includes difficulty recognizing appropriate behaviors or comments, interpreting or controlling emotions, and interpreting body language and interactions.
  • Speech and language. Speech and language issues include slurred or abnormal sounding speech, word-finding difficulties, issues with reading and writing, and difficulties producing sentences or conversation.
  • Swallowing. Swallowing disorders are characterized by coughing and choking during meals, difficulty chewing or moving food in the mouth, facial droop, swelling or numbness, and the sensation of food sticking in the throat.
    • The McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program is a research-based team approach to swallowing therapy. While intensive, it’s been shown to help patients with severe dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties. Our trained therapist works with patients to help them regain their life.
  • Voice. Voice problems include changes in voice quality, loudness and pitch range, overuse, strain, and difficulty coordinating breathing and speaking.

Speech therapy specialty services

We have therapists who are certified several advanced speech therapy treatments, including:

  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD. LSVT Loud is used by speech and language pathologists to assist with vocal intensity in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Myofascial release. This is a stretching method for improving muscle elasticity, strength, and range of motion for improved swallowing, voice and speech production.
  • VitalStim. This is a swallowing treatment that uses electrical stimulation. During the treatment, electrodes are placed on the area of muscle weakness, which helps the muscle and nerve work together better for improved function.

At our Ellis Fischel Cancer Center location, we serve patients with problems associated head and neck cancer. People undergoing treatment for head or neck cancer may experience difficulty with swallowing, articulation (pronouncing words) or voice. Our clinicians are experienced in specialized swallowing tests and treatments including:

  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS)
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)
  • Clinical Swallow Evaluations
  • Swallow preservation exercises
  • Myofascial release

Our speech therapy team is dedicated to serving patients that undergo advanced surgeries that include total laryngectomy. These services include:

  • Preoperative counseling
  • Training use of an artificial larynx or electrolarynx
  • Assessing and placing tracheoesophageal voice prostheses (TEP), a device that helps to produce voice using the esophagus

At our Children's Therapy Center location, we children of all ages with a variety diagnoses. Our staffed of dedicated pediatric speech therapists serve clients with developmental and acquired difficulties that include:

  • Speech and language 
  • Social interaction
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice
  • Swallowing

In addition to our main clinic that is specified for the needs of our pediatric population, we have specialized services and clinics that include:

  • Aerodigestive Care Clinic. Dedicated for assessment (including MBS studies) and follow-up of swallow difficulty
  • Intensive Program. Service that combines with PT and OT to offer a concentrated/intense therapy experience for complex needs
  • Cochlear Implant. Dedicated to aural rehabilitation of those that have had placement of cochlear implants
  • Neonatal Intensive Care. Our dual-certified speech-language pathologist and lactation consultant works alongside parents, feeding therapists and the NICU team to provide early feeding assessment to help ensure successful feeding development. 

Whoever and whatever the speech, language, cognitive, swallow concern, Mizzou Therapy Services has the skilled provider to meet your needs!