Improving Speech, Cognitive Abilities and Swallowing

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy helps pediatric and adult patients with speech difficulties learn to communicate more effectively. But speech therapy goes far beyond language ability to help more patients. Speech therapy can help patients who have trouble swallowing because of stroke, esophageal cancer, or acid reflux disease. Speech therapy also can help restore cognitive abilities in patients who have suffered a stroke or a concussion.

Speech Therapy for Children and Adults

Communication disorders can affect anyone at any age. These disorders may be present at birth or result from an illness, accident, or disease. Speech therapy for adults is helpful for patients who have experienced:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive and communication disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Language and voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders

Speech therapy for kids provides early intervention for children ages 0 to 3 who show symptoms of developmental delays or speech and language difficulties. Our speech therapists also work with those who have swallowing difficulties, autism, cognitive issues, memory problems, and more.

What Kind of Health Professional Provides Speech Therapy?

Penn Highlands certified speech-language pathologists, also called speech therapists, treat both children and adults. They identify, evaluate, and treat a wide range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. All of our speech therapists are certified in VitalStim swallowing therapy, a type of external electrical stimulation therapy. They are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

What is VitalStim and What is it Used For?

VitalStim is a device Penn Highlands speech therapists use to treat swallowing disorders. The device delivers small, painless electrical currents through electrodes attached to the face and neck. The currents stimulate the muscles used in swallowing. While the electrodes are in place, the patient performs swallowing exercises to restore function.

Speech therapists must complete special certification to provide treatment with VitalStim. All Penn Highlands DuBois Speech Therapy Inpatient and Outpatient speech therapists are VitalStim-certified.

Speech Therapy at Penn Highlands

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1200 Wood Street in Brockway offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrockwayA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

1200 Wood Street
Brockway, PA 15824
814-265-8792

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 88 Industrial Park Road in Brookville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

88 Industrial Park Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-6878

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 809 Turnpike Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 465 State Street in Curwensville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology ServiceS

The Rehabilitation Center - CurwensvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

465 State Street
Curwensville , PA 16833
814-236-8359

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 145 Hospital Avenue in DuBois offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

145 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3372

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 757 Johnsonburg Road in St. Marys offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ElkA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

757 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8490 Option 1

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 929 14th Street in Huntingdon offers:

  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands Huntingdon

929 14th Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-0337

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 502 Park Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - Park AvenueA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

502 Park Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 271 Railroad Street in Philipsburg offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - PhilipsburgA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

271 Railroad Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
814-342-8287

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 21886 Route 119 in Punxsutawney offers:

  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

21886 Route 119
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-249-7013

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