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Our Services

Speech Therapy

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 children.

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)
  • Apraxia
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Dementia‚Äč

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.

Our Treatments

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-SLPJennifer Moore

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 CecilRandle 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 Education.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

I just recently had a stroke and have trouble communicating with others, how can speech therapy help me?

The SLP will assess your language skills with a formal assessment and may also use informal measures to fully understand your strengths and weaknesses. The SLP will take the information from the assessment and customize a care plan and goals specific to you and your needs in every area of communication (motor speech, expressive language, receptive language, cognition). The SLP will prioritize targeting what is most functional for you in your daily life.

How can a Speech Therapist help me with swallowing?

Adults who have had strokes or TBI’s, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia, or other hospitalizations may notice difficult eating or swallowing. The SLP can provide you with diet modifications, compensatory strategies, and strengthening exercises to help you feel comfortable eating and help prevent potential aspiration.

How many times per week should I attend Speech Therapy?

Most adults are seen in our clinic one to two times per week depending on the severity of the issue.

What are your hours of operation?

Our GVH therapists see adults Monday-Friday; Therapy sessions are typically scheduled for 45 minutes to 1 hour each, between 730 AM to 6 PM.

Can my spouse or son/daughter observe therapy sessions?

Family participation in therapy sessions is highly encouraged. Our therapists believe that greater progress is seen when families are involved and take home the strategies learned during speech sessions.

Do you provide written reports of my progress?

Written reports can be provided to you upon request. Our therapists are happy to discuss progress during each session as well.

Will my insurance cover the cost of therapy?

We accept all insurances for our speech, physical and occupational therapy. It is important to always check with your insurance provider regarding any hospital services you receive.

Do you have a waiting list? How long does it take to get an appointment?

We currently do not have a waiting list. Our therapists are always willing to work with you on the time and day to see you as soon as possible.

Do you see adults for therapy in Crested Butte as well?

Our Speech Therapists are available at Gunnison Valley Health's Rehab and Athletic Medicine Clinic in Crested Butte at 214 6th Street. To schedule an appointment, please call (970) 349-5684