Assessment and Therapy for Adults targeting the following:
Accent Reduction: Accents reflect the unique characteristics and culture of a person. While an accent is not a speech disorder, many speakers may have difficulty communicating due to their accents. Therapy follows the Compton PESL Accent Modification method (please see Specialized Programs for further details on this program).
Aphasia: Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to specific parts of the brain. Aphasia causes difficulties with any, or all of the following: expressive language (speaking), receptive language (understanding), reading, and writing.
Apraxia: Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that impairs the brain's ability to plan the movements of the lips, jaw, and tongue needed for speech production.
Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Cognitive-Communication disorders disrupt attention, memory, organization, problem solving/reasoning, and executive functions which may be due to dementia, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, and other medical conditions.
Dysarthria: Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder. The musculature of the mouth, face, and respiratory system may become weak due to a variety of medically-related causes. The type and severity of dysarthria depend upon the etiology of the disorder (ie. stroke, Parkinson's, ALS, etc).
Dysphagia: Dysphagia is a disorder that indicates difficulty swallowing in the oral, pharyngeal and/or esophageal phase of the swallow that may result from Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain injury, oral/laryngeal cancer, and other medical conditions.
Voice Disorders: Voice disorders are deviations in pitch, loudness, or quality that interferes with a patient's ability to communicate. An examination by an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor) is highly recommended prior to initiation of speech therapy for voice disorders. The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) is a specialized treatment we offer to treat specific voice disorders (please see Specialized Programs for further details on this program).
Corporate Needs: Public Speaking is listed as the number one phobia in America. Ms. Freise works with individuals to polish professional communication skills that can help reduce public speaking anxiety, and enhance job performance.
Assessment and Therapy for Children targeting the following:
Articulation & Phonological Disorders: Articulation and Phonological Disorders effect the production of speech sounds, rendering reduced intelligibility of speech.
Expressive Language Disorders: Expressive Language Disorders are conditions that impact a child's ability to utilize age-appropriate vocabulary/produce age-appropriate utterances to express needs, feelings, describe items, etc.
Feeding & Swallowing Disorders: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders are conditions that include problems gathering food and preparing to suck, masticate or swallow specific textures. It can include reduced acceptance of a variety of foods/liquids.
Fluency Disorders: Fluency disorders (often referred to as "stuttering") involve an interruption in the flow of speaking that may affect the rate and rhythm of speech production due to repetitions, prolongations, blocks, interjections, and revisions.
Receptive Language Disorders: Receptive language disorders are conditions that impact a child's ability to understand age-appropriate vocabulary, follow age-appropriate commands, and comprehend age-appropriate questions.
Social Language Disorders: Social Language Disorders may include difficulties with social interaction, social cognition, and pragmatics that may occur due to autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and/or traumatic brain injury.
Voice Disorders: Voice disorders are deviations in pitch, loudness, or quality that interferes with a child's ability to communicate. An examination by an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor) is highly recommended prior to initiation of speech therapy for voice disorders.
Reading and Written Language Disorders: involve impairment in reading decoding, reading comprehension, written spelling, and/or written comprehension.