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OMC Rehabilitation Services recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month in May

OMC Rehabilitation Services recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month in May

Ozarks Medical Center Rehabilitation Services is recognizing Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, by celebrating its staff of 10 certified speech-language pathologists, who work to improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding or hearing.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, more than 14 million Americans are affected by speech and language disorders. Such disorders can limit academic achievement, social adjustment and career advancement.

“Speech-language pathologists work to improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding or swallowing,” said Pam Ream, Director of OMC Rehabilitation Services. “Speech language and swallowing disorders take many forms. Individuals can be born with a disorder or accidental injury or illness can cause them at any age.”

There are many types of speech-language issues treated by therapists at OMC including: neurological problems, developmental communication delays, speech disorders and articulation, stroke or head injury rehabilitation, stuttering, feeding and swallowing disorders, difficulties understanding and using language, reading and writing disorders, difficulty with problem solving and sequencing, voice disorders, and cleft lip and palate.

“Many of these problems have the potential to limit an individual’s academic or career achievement or their ability to interact with others,” Ream said. “Fortunately, most individuals can be greatly helped by speech-language pathology services. Even if speech-language issue cannot be eliminated, our staff of highly trained professionals will work with patients to develop strategies to help them cope.”

In addition to speech-language pathology services, OMC Rehabilitation Services also offers physical and occupational therapy in the hospital and at area clinics, schools, and work places, and through Riverways Home Health of OMC. For more information about OMC Rehabilitation Services or speech-language pathology services, call 417-257-5959 or toll-free 888-242-9329 or e-mail rehab@ozarksmedicalcenter.com.

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