Many of us take our abilities to hear and speak for granted. Communication skills are vital to our social development and consequently, have profound effect on how we live our daily lives. Unfortunately, millions of people live with the challenges of speech, language and hearing disorders.

In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month, celebrated every May, Fort HealthCare speech therapist Kathy Pazak shares information on why this is important and what indicators may be helpful in indentifying speech related challenges.

“Our team of specialized speech language pathologists provide diagnostic and treatment services to outpatients with speech language, cognitive, voice or swallowing problems,” says Pazak. The treatment options referred to can treat a variety of disorders in adults, which may include:
• Stuttering or fluency disorders
• Acquired speech/language disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria or apraxia
• Swallowing disorders in adults
• Memory disorders associated with a neurological event such as a stroke, head injury or tumor
• Post-concussive cognitive disorders
• Vocal fold dysfunction
• Tongue thrust

Children with speech-related developmental imparities are also treated for many concerns, such as:
• Autism
• Cerebral palsy
• Traumatic brain injury
• Phonological impairment
• Developmental delay relative to articulation or language
• Apraxia of speech
A speech language pathologist will work with the child using age-appropriate play activities to stimulate language development leading to more complete development. Pazak added, “Whether working with a hearing impaired child or an elderly person after a stroke, our goal is always to help clients achieve an enhanced quality of life.”

Fort HealthCare’s Therapy & Sport Center and Orthopaedic Associates Fort Atkinson locations are relocating to 1504 Madison Avenue in Fort Atkinson. This move is expected to be complete May 26. For more information about speech therapy, join us at an open house at the new Fort Atkinson location on 1504 Madison Avenue, June 25 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or June 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Providers from all rehabilitation departments and Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates will be on-hand to present live, interactive demos and displays, answer questions and provide a look at the new facility. The event is free and open to the public. For more open house information visit One lucky winner will walk away with a new Wii and WiiFit gaming system.

Also located at this location will be Fort HealthCare’s Orthopaedic Associates. The orthopedic
physicians, therapists and staff at the Fort HealthCare Madison Avenue location dedicate themselves to providing exceptional surgical, medical and rehabilitative care. Patients benefit from a superior experience delivered in a cost-effective manner within the safest clinical environment. The Fort HealthCare Therapy & Sport Center rehabilitation team consists of occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech pathology and athletic training services, with specialty care in programs such as sports medicine, orthopedics, hand therapy, women’s health and industrial rehab. Fort HealthCare’s Orthopaedic Associates expert team of surgeons provide patients with one-to-one care from diagnostics through surgery, including sports medicine and rehab, utilizing the latest technological advances to bring you the most comprehensive treatment available. For all kinds of orthopedic care including nonsurgical treatments for arthritis, sprains, and joint pain, surgical treatments for fractures, joint replacements, joint repairs and more, call (920) 563-7888.