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
Learn more about the Speech Therapy Team
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
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