Speech-Language Diagnostics
Any individual exhibiting speech and/or language difficulties may schedule an evaluation concerning the suspected disorder. Through the administration of a variety of tests and observations, usually requiring two to three hours, the clinical staff evaluates the possible problem, makes a speech-language-hearing diagnosis and recommends a course of treatment if needed.

Audiological Evaluations
Audiological evaluations include a battery of tests designed to determine an individual's hearing sensitivity and need for therapy, medical treatment or hearing aid services.

Hearing Aid Services
Following medical release, hearing aid services may include hearing and evaluation and dispensing, hearing-aid orientation and follow-up, aural rehabilitation therapy and speech reading.

Speech-Language Treatment
A course of treatment is provided for any individual diagnosed with a speech and/or language disorder as indicated below. Treatment is individualized to the client's needs and is usually provided in a 30- to 60- minute session twice a week. Disorders treated include:

  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
    Individuals who are not correctly producing the sounds of their language and thus have difficulty making themselves understood to unfamiliar listeners.

  • Child Language Disorders
    Treatment can be provided for those children from birth through high school who have development problems with comprehension or use of language.

  • Voice Disorders
    Following medical release, individuals exhibiting a variety of voice disorders including harsh, hoarse, nasal or breathy voice quality or disorders of pitch will be provided with techniques to enhance voice use and eliminate inappropriate habits that perpetuate a problem.

  • Stuttering/Fluency Disorders
    Individuals who are dysfluent will be trained in techniques that can enhance the fluency of their speech.

  • Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
    Individuals who have experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury resulting in aphasia, cognitively based language disorders, dysarthria or apraxia will be provided with treatment to improve communication skills. Swallowing problems may also be addressed.

  • Language Learning Disabled (LLD)
    Assessment and treatment of language-based learning disabilities, including difficulties with oral language production and other language-based academic skills will be available.

Voice and Swallowing Care
Unveiled in November of 2008, Our Lady of the Lake University‚Äôs Harry Jersig Center is now equipped to offer voice and swallowing care.  Patients can benefit from advanced, new technology and the expertise offered at the Jersig Center that can evaluate and treat voice and swallowing disorders.  The Jersig Center can offer reduced fees for services and accepts some insurances. Click on the "Voice and Swallowing Care" link above to read more about Voice and Swallowing Care at OLLU.

Other Jersig Center services include:
Augmentative Communication Training
Aural Rehabilitation Services
Spanish/English Services

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