Speech-Language Pathologists are the professionals that engage in the assessment and treatment in the areas of communication and swallowing across the lifespan. 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, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Common Diagnosis Referred to Speech Therapy Include:
Abby Halvorson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Abby Halvorson is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota in 2017 and joined Hawarden Regional Healthcare in December 2019. Abby enjoys working with both the pediatric and adult populations and has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including expressive and receptive language delays, voice disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, TBI, ALS, and dysphagia. She is certified in LSVT-LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) for Parkinson’s disease and Vital Stim for specialized dysphagia treatment through use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).