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Speech Therapy Services

MHP adds Speech Therapy Services

Mahaska Health Partnership is proud to announce the addition of Speech Therapist Kim Swarts.

Speech Therapy is designed to help patients improve their ability to understand and use language to communicate through speech or other forms of communication such as augmentative communication systems.  Speech therapy is not just learning to say sounds correctly but can help in a variety of developmental or acquired conditions.

Swarts has more than 20 years of experience and has worked in a variety of settings. “I have provided services in hospitals, schools and in the home,” Swarts said. “I enjoy the hospital setting because I get to help a variety of patients during different times of their lives.”

A native of Newton, IA, Swarts received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Linguistics from Iowa State University. She received her Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri.

According to Swarts, some common conditions treated with speech therapy include dysarthria, aphasia and apraxia. “Dysarthria is an inability to produce accurate speech due to weakness or lack of coordination in a person’s face or mouth muscles,” Swarts explained. “This condition can be caused by brain or head injury, stroke and cerebral palsy.”

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, these are just a small glimpse into the conditions speech therapy can treat. The Foundation lists the following conditions that are commonly treated with speech therapy: developmental delays, autism, speech sound disorders and delays, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fluency disorders, communication difficulties due to hearing impairment, voice problems, Parkinson’s Disease and feeding or swallowing difficulties.

“Anyone experiencing limitations in their ability to express themselves or comprehend language, or has difficulties with cognition may benefit from hospital-based speech therapy services,” Swarts explained.

“The addition of Speech Therapy at MHP will only enhance our patient’s healthcare experience,” MHP Executive Director of Specialty Services Kevin DeRonde said. “Kim joins a vast group of medical specialists who are all dedicated to making healthcare personal for you and your family.”

Swarts is available at MHP Specialty Services on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For an appointment, call 641-672-3360.