A new private practice is now offering speech therapy services to children and adults.Speech Works of Alabama LLC opened in April on Highway 78 West near Jasper Pediatric Dentistry.Owner and …
A new private practice is now offering speech therapy services to children and adults.
Speech Works of Alabama LLC opened in April on Highway 78 West near Jasper Pediatric Dentistry.
Owner and certified speech language pathologist Emily Sentell said Speech Works is the only practice in Jasper currently offering outpatient speech therapy for adults throughout the week.
"Home health does speech therapy, but sometimes people need something more intensive or in-between. If someone does a 21-day rehab stay at a nursing home, it may be that they are still having a swallowing problem and they may need to come in and get speech therapy a few times a week to bridge that gap," Sentell said.
Treatment areas for adults include language, cognition, swallowing and traumatic brain injury, stroke and dementia-related services.
Areas of treatment to offer pediatric patients include language, articulation, reading, social skills and autism-related services.
Sentell said that few people realize that speech therapists can assist children with reading struggles.
"We work on sounding words out, learning sight words or even understanding what you're reading," Sentell said.
Sentell also offers comprehensive evaluations for both pediatric and adult patients.
Sentell is a graduate of Sumiton Christian School, where she was a member of a state championship softball team, and Auburn University.
At Auburn, she earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in communication disorders and completed internships and clinical placements at the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic, Central Alabama Veteran's Healthcare System and Children's Hospital.
Sentell was inspired to become a speech therapist because of a classmate from the second-grade who had a learning disability.
Sentell helped him learn the alphabet, but he never learned to read.
Years later, she became upset when she overhead a teacher refer to the student's education as "just a joke."
"From that point on, I knew that I wanted to help kids one at a time. At that age, I didn't know the word 'advocate,' but that is what I intended my life's work to be. Speech therapy is my avenue," Sentell said.
Speech Works accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, All Kids, Blue Advantage and Medicaid.
The practice is open Monday through Friday by appointment. To make an appointment, call 512-1117.