Speech TherapySpeech Language Pathologists, commonly known as Speech Therapists, work with people of all ages, from babies to adults. SLPs treat many types of communication and swallowing problems.
These include problems with:Speech sounds- how we say sounds and put sounds together into words.
Language- how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking.
Literacy- how well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.
Social communication- how well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking.
Voice- how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.
Fluency- also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.
Cognitive-communication- how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.
Feeding and swallowing- how well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems.
Heather Edson Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP, has been providing services at Mizell Wellness Center and Mizell Memorial Hospital since June 2018. Heather is a graduate of Straughn High School. Heather graduated from The University of Alabama in December of 2012 with a degree in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Human Development. Heather then graduated from The University of South Alabama with a Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys providing services for all ages and serves a wide range of diagnoses, from speech and language, post-stroke care, and many more. Heather's goal is to provide services that get patients back to maximum functionality as quickly as possible.
Inpatient and Outpatient services are available. Patients are scheduled for outpatient services through the Mizell Wellness Center, (334) 493-1730.