Rehabilitation & Therapy:
Speech Therapy

The offices of speech-language pathology are located at the Trinity Health - St. Joseph's Campus on the 5th floor. The department is staffed by three full-time speech-language pathologists who are licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners and who have obtained the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence or are in the process of fulfilling the national requirements. Office hours are M - F from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Speech-Pathology department provides services to various areas within the Trinity Health System:

• Acute care patients (Trinity Hospital)
• Outpatients (St. Joseph's or Trinity Sports Medicine)
• Rehab patients (Trinity Rehab Care - St. Joseph's)
• Home Health patients (patient's home within the Trinity Home Health area)
• Nursing home residents (Trinity Homes)

Services are also provided to many skilled nursing home facilities in outlying rural areas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 701-857-5514.

  • Services Provided

    Screen: Speech-language pathologist will conduct an informal and limited evaluation of an individual with a suspected disorder to determine whether further assessment should be conducted. A physician's order is not needed and a patient would not be billed for this service.

    Evaluation: Speech-language pathologist will conduct a thorough evaluation of speech and language skills using standardized test measures and/or informal testing procedures. Voice evaluations are conducted using acoustic videolaryngostroboscopy and perceptual analysis. Swallowing evaluations consist of clinical (bedside) evaluations and modified barium swallow evaluations conducted in the radiology department.

    Treatment: Speech-language pathologist will design and implement an individualized therapy program to improve the communication impairment and/or swallowing problems. A physician's order is needed for most third-party payors.

    Patient-family education: Speech-language pathologist may provide information relevant to the patient's communication disorder and/or dysphasia. This may be provided in conjunction with the screen, the evaluation and/or the treatment.

  • Community education: Speech language pathologists are available to present information relevant to communication disorders and/or dysphasia to the general public.

  • Areas of Treatment & Disorder Types

    The speech-language pathologist provides services to patients experiencing difficulties with communication and with swallowing. These difficulties may be because of congenital or developmental delays most often addressed as infants, preschoolers, or children and young adults or because of acquired neurological disease most often experienced by aging adults such as strokes, Parkinson's disease, ALS, traumatic brain injuries, and dementias.

  • Alaryngeal speech loss of voice function secondary to cancer of the larynx and subsequent removal of part or all of the larynx.

    Aphasia a receptive and/or expressive language disorder often the result of stroke.

    Apraxia a motor speech disorder, often the result of brain trauma (stroke, tumor, surgery, etc.) which is characterized by speech programming errors without paralysis or weakness of the speech musculature.

    Cognition difficulty with attention, thinking reasoning, remembering, etc. related to acquired brain trauma and/or neurological diseases.s

    Delayed or disordered language receptive or expressive language disorder noted in infants, preschoolers, and school-aged children as they are developing their language. This may be developmental in nature or related to recognized neurological conditions, (i.e. Cerebral Palsy, various syndromes).

    Dysarthria a motor speech disorder characterized by weakness and discoordination of the speech musculature often the result of brain trauma, (i.e. stroke, Parkinson's, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis), or neurological diseases such as Cerebral Palsy.

    Dysphagia difficulty with swallowing, most often related to brain trauma, brain disease, or cumulative aging issues.

    Phonology � Articulation disorder of speech system noted in infants, preschoolers, and school-aged children. This may be developmental in nature or secondary to neurological conditions (i.e. Cerebral Palsy), perceptual deficits, or processing deficits (i.e. central auditory processing deficit, learning disability, etc.).

    Stuttering a disorder of speech fluency and rate.

    Voice impairment of voice loudness, pitch, or quality often caused by muscle tension, vocal abuse, trauma to the vocal cords, brain trauma, or neurological diseases.

  • For More Information:

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 701-857-5514. It is advised you contact your physician and your insurance company prior to making an appointment.