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May is Speech Therapy Month

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Hospital news

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Photo Caption: The Speech Therapy Team in VVRMC’s Rehabilitation Department: Jodie Dacy, MS, CCC-SLP, NDC, Jalen Naseman, MS, CCC-SLP, and Josie Muniz-Padilla, SLP-A

The Speech Therapists at Val Verde Regional Medical Center would like the community to be aware of two things regarding their profession. In the words of Jodie Dacy, MS, CCC-SLP (Certified Clinical Competency-Speech Language Pathologist), NDC (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia Certified), “Speech therapy services are from birth to the end of life. A lot of people think it is only for articulation and primarily for children but they are not the only population we serve.” The second thing they want the public to know is, “Speech and language therapy is not just speech. It encompasses a broader scope of diagnosis such as swallowing, cognitive, voice, fluency, and hearing disorders- all issues we treat,” says Jalen Naseman, MS, CCC-SLP.

Speech Therapy covers a wide range of services beginning with babies. If a baby has trouble latching on to the breast or issues with swallowing, speech therapists can help. If a toddler is experiencing difficulties with language development, speech therapists can help. If being on the autism spectrum is part of the issue, speech therapists can help. “When we work with the kiddos,” says SLP-A (Speech Language Pathologist Assistant) Josie Muniz-Padilla, “we use play therapy to help. We work at the child’s current level of development and guide/teach to reach their full potential.” Children with hearing impairment also benefit from speech therapy. The possibilities for support and growth are virtually endless.

Speech and language problems in adults can result from a variety of causes including stroke, diseases affecting the brain, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s; breathing problems; cancers occurring in the head and/or neck region; and voice damage. VVRMC Speech-Language Pathologists treat these communication disorders in the hospital or on an outpatient basis. Typically, significant improvements in quality of life are achieved. “We use neuro-muscular stimulation, biofeedback, behavioral modifications and all kinds of treatment to help patients communicate better,” says Dacy “Whatever it takes.”

If you think you or your loved one needs treatment from a SLP, a referral is required you’re your physician. Please call 830-703-1729 or go to to find out more.