Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose,
and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive- communication,
and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Our SLPs are certified
in working with patients of all ages – from neonatal and pediatric
to adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Ailments occur at any stage
of life; because of this, SLPs have the training and knowledge to work
on feeding/swallowing disorders and communication impairments due to developmental
delays and/or acquired diseases.
Our pediatric SLPs work with premature infants in our regional Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to help babies acquire and develop their feeding
and swallowing skills.
At our Milestones Centers for Child Development, located at the Pomona
Valley Health Centers in Claremont and Chino Hills - Grand, therapy is
focused on building language skills, as well as on reinforcing comprehension
skills and expanding verbal language abilities. Pediatric therapy is typically
recommended to begin in patients who can only say a few words –
we then work to expand their skills to expressive language and multi-word
utterances so they can better communicate their wants and needs.
As children progress into the school-age years, therapy switches to academic
language concerns, articulation (difficulty in production of specific
sounds) as well as building social language skills to help with developing
Our adult SLPs work both in the outpatient and inpatient hospital settings.
They are trained in aiding adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries,
strokes, etc. In the inpatient setting, SLPs assess for swallow abilities
to prevent aspiration pneumonia. They also help patients recover their
Therapy for adult outpatients focuses on rebuilding language deficits that
have been acquired due to injuries such as aphasia, which is commonly
seen in adults who have experienced a stroke. Patients who have suffered
a traumatic brain injury often present with cognitive communication disorders.
These patients typically have difficulty maintaining attention to tasks,
organizing thoughts, problem-solving, and struggle with short and long-term
memory deficits. Our SLPs work with each patient individually to retrain
their lost language functions and aid them in returning to their prior
level of function.
Our team is dedicated to helping our patients develop, maintain, and regain
communication across the lifespan. To learn more about SLP at PVHMC, visit our SLP