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Speech-Language Pathology and Therapy


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, our licensed Speech Pathologist, Brittany Schultz, is ready to discuss with you how you can benefit from therapy. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact Cumberland Healthcare Rehabilitation Services at any of our following locations:

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 body’s nutrition and hydration needs. Through injury and/or aging, difficulties with short-term memory, organization, and planning may be noticed.


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 include 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


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 is a child who is reluctant, avoids, or is fearful of eating or drinking and is not accepting of sensations in or around the mouth.

Pediatrics Speech Therapy

What Speech Therapists work on:

  • Eating
  • Feeding
  • Swallowing
  • Oral Aversion
  • Orofacial Muscle Function
  • Social Skills
  • Speech
  • Communication Devices
  • Articulation

Common diagnoses Speech Therapists work with:

  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Feeding disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Brain Injuries

If you have questions, please call 715-822-7300 or fax 715-822-7301, your provider, for a referral to Cumberland Healthcare’s Speech Therapy Department.