Speech Works of Alabama is one of the newest businesses in Jasper and is helping people of all ages in the area with speech issues.Speech therapist and owner Emily Ivey Sentell celebrated her new …
Speech Works of Alabama is one of the newest businesses in Jasper and is helping people of all ages in the area with speech issues.
Speech therapist and owner Emily Ivey Sentell celebrated her new business with a ribbon cutting last week, and she was joined by city officials and her family who helps operate Speech Works of Alabama.
The practice opened in early summer to provide speech therapy services for children, teens, adults and seniors. For her younger patients, Sentell can provide language and articulation therapy, autism-related services and help with social and reading skills impacted by speech. Adult services include assistance with language, cognition and swallowing. She can also provide speech therapy for patients who have suffered a stroke or may have been diagnosed with dementia or another related memory disorder.
Speech Works has two separate rooms for speech therapy treatment, one for children and one for teens and adults.
"There's a big need here [for speech therapy services]," Sentell said as she gave a tour of the Speech Works facility on Highway 78 last Thursday. "I have a really varied case load right now, which I love."
Sentell said she currently serves around 20 patients and can accommodate around 15 more. She has considered adding another speech therapist to the practice, if needed.
A graduate of Auburn University, Sentell says she was originally from the Jasper area and wanted to move back to the city to open her practice. At Auburn, she majored in communication disorders and received a minor in psychology. She had clinical placements and internships at Children's of Alabama, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System and Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic prior to opening her own speech clinic in Jasper — a dream she says couldn't have been realized without the support of her family.
Sentell said she accepts Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, All Kids and Blue Advantage. Her speech therapy sessions typically last 30 minutes, two days each week; however, the needs of each patient are different, she says. Patients also have activities they complete at home as well to aide in their therapy.
Speech Works of Alabama is located at 1400 Highway 78 W. Suite 200 in Jasper, just across the road from the new Tractor Supply under construction. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and people may call (205) 512-1117 to schedule a consultation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's great to have a job that you just love and you can see the change in people as well," Sentell said.