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Speech Therapy

speech therapy

Speech Language Pathologists are the professionals that engage in the assessment and treatment in the areas of communication and swallowing across the life span. Communication areas include: speech production and fluency, language, cognition, voice, resonance, and hearing.  Swallowing areas include: swallowing difficulties and feeding behaviors/disorders.  Speech Language Pathologists play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of infants to adults with many types of challenges; from autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays to neurological disorders, tramautic brain injury and stroke. 

Common Diagnosis Referred to Speech Therapy Include:

  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Pediatric Feeding Aversions


Our Speech Therapy Team

Laura Schmit, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS

Laura Schmitt M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She received her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 and joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in 2019. She specializes in working with individuals with neurogenic communication disorders, following acquired brain injury such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurological disorders. Her training in LSVT-LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) is especially valuable in working with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Laura has completed additional training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and is a Certified Lactation Consultant.