Communication is a vital part of life. Speech issues affect communication, but can also affect you socially, emotionally and academically.

A patient may need speech therapy for a variety of reasons. Some people require speech therapy due to learning disorders or because they are coping with certain conditions or injuries.

A speech language pathologist (SLP) is trained to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. They go through extensive training to be able to recognize the symptoms of speech difficulties and can help patients overcome speech problems associated with language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech language pathologists can:

  • Evaluate the patients swallowing, communications, cognition, speech and language based on the patient’s individual needs.
  • Identify issues such as dysphagia (swallowing problems), memory loss and speech/language deficits that can affect both speaking and understanding of language.
  • Design a treatment plan that addresses a patient’s impairments to help the patient live a better quality of life.

Our Speech Language Pathologist, Christa Vandervort attended Western Washington University where she obtained her SLP Master’s degree in 1983.  She has been providing speech therapy services with Castle Rock Medical Center since 1993.  Christa can provide evaluation and treatment for both children and adults with a variety of diagnoses.

For more information about this service, please call 307-872-4520.