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Affinity Health Group Speech Therapy

Affinity Speech Therapy

Affinity Health Management Center

Please call the office today at (318) 807-1500 to schedule an appointment or visit us at 1325 Louisville Ave., Monroe, LA 71201.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech-Language Pathology assesses and treats various speech, language, social-communication, voice, swallowing, and cognitive disorders in children and adults. Our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) also provide training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals. The overall goal is to optimize individuals’ quality of life through social participation and communicative independence. SLPs strive to individualize treatment for each patient, offering a wide range of therapeutic tools to target patient-specific deficits.

The following are examples of adult candidates for speech therapy:

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Cognitive disorders (caused by Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, stroke, or traumatic brain injury)
  • Aphasia (difficulty with formulation or comprehension of language)
  • Voice Disorders (muscle tension dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis)
  • Apraxia of Speech (difficulty sequencing sounds/words for speech production)
  • Dysarthria (difficulty in speech production due to weakness or neurological damage)

A child candidate for speech therapy may include:

  • Speech disorders (stuttering, articulation, apraxia of speech, voice/resonance)
  • Language disorders (expressive, receptive)
  • Social communication (autism spectrum disorder, ADHD)

Speech & Language Milestones

Each child develops at his/her own pace, so it may be difficult to tell exactly when your child will learn a given skill. These developmental milestones are designed to give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child grows.

1 Year Milestones

  • Enjoys imitating people: tries to imitate sounds
  • Responds to "no"; uses simple gestures, such as pointing to an object
  • Babbles with changes in tone; may use single words ("dada", "mama", "uh-oh")

2 Year Milestones

  • Understands several words
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Recognizes names of familiar people and objects

3 Year Milestones

  • Shows affection and has a wide range of emotions
  • Makes mechanical toys work
  • Matches objects to pictures "go outside, swing?"
  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me) and some plurals (cars, dogs)

4 Year Milestones

  • Cooperates with other children
  • Names some colors; understands counting
  • Speaks in sentences of 5-6 words
  • Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand
  • Understands "same" and "different"

5 Year Milestones

  • Shows increased independence
  • Likes to sing, dance, and act
  • Can count 10 or more objects correctly
  • Able to name at least four colors
  • Speaks in sentences of more than five words and tells longer stories

Meet the Staff

Photo of Emily Martin, Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily Martin

Speech-Language Pathologist

Photo of Kelly Spillers, Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly Spillers

Speech-Language Pathologist

Photo of Taylor West, Speech-Language Pathologist

Taylor West

Speech-Language Pathologist