Gratitude Beyond Words: A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Speech Therapists for All that You Do! Posted on May 24, 2023October 4, 2023 For individuals facing speech and communication challenges, the journey towards regaining their ability to express themselves can be arduous. Thankfully, at Lutheran SeniorLife, a group of exceptional speech therapists stands ready to provide invaluable support and care. With their dedication and expertise, these professionals have made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals within our communities. “May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and this is the time we recognize the contributions Speech Language Pathologists make on the lives of patients through improved speech quality and treatment of communication disorders,” said Christine Namey, Physical Therapist and Director of Lutheran SeniorLife Rehabilitation Services. Speech disorders arise in people that have been diagnosed with various aliments like dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or other progressive neurological disorders. The outstanding speech therapy staff across Lutheran SeniorLife, like therapist Leigh Ann Sechrist – MS/CCC/SLP, who has worked with patients for the LIFE Centers of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties for the last 10 years, help patients with speech and communication disorders. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone return to their baseline level and assisting them in living an abundant life by drinking and eating what they would like” explained Sechrist. Through a combination of targeted exercises, techniques, and personalized therapy plans, therapist help individuals improve their oral motor skills, speech abilities and their overall communication skills. Treatments may include improving mouth, tongue, and lip movements and strength. The therapist may also teach the individual how to slow their rate of speech or to improve specific language skills. “We are grateful to the Lutheran SeniorLife Speech Language Pathologist that support our patients to improve their quality of life, such as communicating with loved ones and eating their favorite foods,” added Namey. Lutheran SeniorLife therapist provide a compassionate approach to understand the challenges of the patients they treat, while providing a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals can thrive. “The best part of the job is building relationships with the residents and helping them achieve their goals,” explained Jen McKillop, Speech Language Pathologist for Passavant Community. For more information about Lutheran SeniorLife rehab services that includes Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy, Visual Rehabilitation and Aquatic Therapy, call 724-452-3492 or visit Rehabilitation Services.