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Speech-Language Pathology and Therapy

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Our speech-language pathologist addresses speech perception, vocal production, swallowing difficulties, language and cognitive needs through evaluation and therapy for people of all ages. Services are provided in the hospital, in both inpatient and outpatient settings and at the Cumberland Healthcare Turtle Lake Center, Prairie Farm and Rice Lake locations.

Common treatments range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice or drills, the use of audiovisual aids and the introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication, such as sign language or the use of picture symbols.

At Cumberland Healthcare, there are two licensed Speech Pathologists ready to discuss with you, how you can benefit from their therapy. They treat a variety of different disorders, Brittany Schultz and John Cochran, Sr.  To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Cumberland Healthcare Rehabilitation Services at any of our following locations:

  • Cumberland Healthcare Rehabilitation Services, 1110 Seventh Avenue, Cumberland, WI 54829, 715-822-7300 
  • Cumberland Healthcare – Turtle Lake Center, 632 US Highway 8, Turtle Lake, WI 54889, 715-986-2022
  • Cumberland Healthcare – Laker Center, School District of Turtle Lake, 205 N. Oak Street, Turtle Lake, WI 54889, 715-986-2022
  • Cumberland Healthcare – Panther Center, School District of Prairie Farm, 630 River Avenue South, Prairie Farm, WI, 54762, 715-822-7312
  • Cumberland Healthcare – Rice Lake Center, 4Ever Fit, 1895 20 ½ , Rice Lake, WI 54868, 715-736-0055

Stroke, head injury or neurological diseases can negatively affect a person’s ability to speak clearly, understand what is said or find the right word to say.  In addition, the injuries noted above can affect a person’s ability to swallow safely and meet the nutrition and hydration needs of the body.  Through injury and/or aging, difficulties with short term memory, organization and planning may be noticed.

Adults:

Speech Disorders:  Limited and difficult speech ability resulting from a stroke, head injury or neurological disease. 

Language Disorders:  Difficulty comprehending or formulating language either in verbal or written form.

Cognitive-Communication Disorders:  Difficulty with memory, attention, problem solving, social communication, abstract reasoning and mental skills that help a person plan, manage, organize and complete tasks.

Swallowing Disorders:  Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing

Children:

Speech:  A child that produces speech sound errors that are not considered to be age appropriate.

Language:  A child may have difficulty expressing himself or understanding, which is not considered to be age appropriate.

Stuttering:  A child that produces speech where the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations and blocks.

Oral Aversion:  A child that is reluctant, avoids or is fearful of eating or drinking and is not accepting of sensation in or around the mouth.

If you have questions, please call 715-822-7300 or contact your provider for a referral to Cumberland Healthcare’s Speech Therapy Department.