If you have suffered from a stroke, head injury, neurological disease or
swallowing difficulty, you may benefit from Gunnison Valley Health’s
Speech Therapy program.
Gunnison Valley Health’s Speech Therapy helps people of all ages
with speech, language, cognition and swallowing disorders in Gunnison
as well as our Crested Butte clinic. Our team of speech-language pathologists
(SLP) are dedicated to help people develop and maintain their ability
to speak more clearly, understand and express thoughts and swallow safely.
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a broad term for the treatment of speech and language
disorders in adults and
Speech therapy focuses on four areas:
- Expressive language – the ability to use words to express yourself
or share thoughts
- Dysphagia – the ability to feed and swallow
- Mechanics of language – the ability to produce words or speech sounds
- Receptive language – the ability to understand words spoken by you
Speech therapy has proven to be highly successful.
85% of stroke patients' showed significant language skills improvement
after speech therapy
according to one study
Another study also concluded that speech therapy effectively treats aphasia by improving
"functional communication, reading, writing, and expressive language."
- 93% of people with a motor speech disorder (dysarthria/apraxia) following
a stroke made progress with SLP services in acute care or rehabilitation hospitals
- 91-94% of patients with language problems following a stroke improved with
outpatient SLP services
- 82% of outpatient voice clients showed improvements with SLP intervention
Conditions We Treat
Our therapists have experience treating a range of speech, language and
swallowing conditions for both adults and
children. Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
For both adults and children, beginning speech therapy as soon as possible
is crucial to a quick and effective treatment. Visit
Pediatric Therapy for more information on speech therapy for children.
The symptoms associated with speech disorders vary for each person. Our
speech-language therapists produce a customized treatment plan to address
your specific impairment. Your customized treatment plan will improve
your abilities and boost your confidence.
We also offer
LSVT LOUD therapy which helps people with Parkinson’s Disease relearn the
sensory perception of normal vocal loudness.
Meet Our Team
Jennifer Moore, MA, CCC-SLP
Jen has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist since graduating
with a Master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in
2007. Over the years she has gained extensive experience working with
all ages in the diagnosis and treatment of articulation, language, voice,
feeding, swallowing, and fluency deficiencies as well as stuttering, augmentative
communication, and traumatic brain injury needs. She also works to improve
speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cognitive development.
Jen is a nationally certified member of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing
Association and is licensed with the state of Colorado and the Colorado
Department of Education. She is also certified in LSVT LOUD, a voice and
speech treatment technique for adults and children with motor speech disorders.
In her free time Jen enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and snowboarding with
her husband, children, and two dogs. She is passionate about helping patients
of all ages to communicate with the people in their lives.
In addition to seeing children in Gunnison, Jen is taking appointments
in Crested Butte on Tuesdays.
Randle Cecil, MS, CF-SLP
Randle is a Speech Language Pathologist who graduated from the University
of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences
and Disorders, and completed her Master’s degree in Speech Language
Pathology at the University of Texas in Dallas. Randle is a nationally
certified member of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and
is licensed with the state of Colorado and the Colorado Department of
Before joining the speech therapy team at Gunnison Valley Health, Randle
was providing in-home speech therapy services in Denver for children.
Randle's pediatric experience includes working with children and young
adults on the autism spectrum and/or who have feeding, articulation and
communication difficulties. She also has experience working with those
who communicate with augmentative or alternative communication devices.
Additionally, Randle is passionate about working with adults who may have
experienced a stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia and other neurological
diseases that can affect every day swallowing and communication.
When Randle is not attending to the needs of her patients, she enjoys spending
time cooking for others, visiting her friends in others states, and exploring
the Colorado mountains.
In addition to seeing children in Gunnison, Randle is taking appointments
in Crested Butte on Wednesday afternoons.
Gunnison Valley Health Rehabilitation and Athletic Medicine Services
– Speech Therapy –
711 N. Taylor St. | Gunnison CO, 81230 | (970) 641-7248