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Canton-Potsdam Hospital now offering speech therapy full-time

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POTSDAM - Canton-Potsdam Hospital recently began offering speech therapy on a full-time basis in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Meghann Langelier, CCC-SLP, joined CPH in January 2012 to provide part-time services and is expanding her practice to accommodate patient demand. Services are provided in Potsdam five days per week at the CPH Lawrence Avenue Medical Campus at 49 Lawrence Avenue and the main hospital campus.

Speech therapy gained prominence in the public’s mind following the popular movie “The King’s Speech,” but it is not limited to assistance with overcoming stuttering. Speech therapy is used to help people with the following: alaryngeal communication, attention, augmentative-alternative communication, fluency, memory, motor speech, pragmatics, problem solving, reading, receptive language/spoken language comprehension, expressive language/expressive language comprehension, swallowing, voice, voice following tracheostomy, and writing.

Disorders often treated include: aphasia, apraxia, stroke, TBI, dysphagia, developmental delays, dysarthria, polyps, granulomas, nodules, head/neck cancers, ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Autism.

Therapists are specially trained to diagnose speech and language disorders as well as to provide a range of treatment techniques, supplemented by counseling and education. They work with other specialists, such as social workers and medical practitioners, to prepare treatment plans and to assist families to support the patient in behavioral modifications and activities at home if needed, and they monitor patients’ progress, adjusting treatment plans as necessary.

Ms. Langelier received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing handicapped education in 2001, and her master’s in speech pathology in 2002. She earned her New York State Speech-Pathologist License and her American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) clinical competence in 2003. Ms. Langelier’s New York State permanent teaching certificate was awarded in 2004, and she became certified as a VitalStim Therapy provider in October of 2012. Ms. Langelier has over eleven years of experience as a speech language pathologist in hospital, nursing home, and school settings treating a wide range of conditions and disorders. For more information about speech therapy at CPH, patients or their practitioners should call the Physical Rehabilitation Department in Potsdam at 315-261-5460.

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