Speech Therapy

Excellence in Speech therapy is our way of life at Elder Care. We provide the highest quality speech therapy treatments to promote wellness for adults in our community.

Why choose Elder Care Speech Therapy?

Our speech-language pathologist is passionate about working with adults with a variety of impairments and disorders in order to increase functional skills and life participation. We strive to utilize current research to plan effective interventions that make a difference in the lives of our patients. Each person that walks through our doors is different and has different needs, and here at Elder Care, you can be assured that your personal goals and skills are at the forefront of our speech therapy services.

Our Speech-Language Pathologist is also the only one in Bartlesville who is specially trained in SPEAK OUT!, a voice program developed by Parkinson Voice Project for individuals with Parkinson’s disease with resulting voice and swallowing impairments.

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What are the benefits of speech therapy?

Speech therapy encompasses a variety of skills beyond “just talking.” Skilled Speech-Language Pathologist can provide effective intervention for individuals with any of the following difficulties resulting from a stroke, TBI, dementia, Parkinson’s or other disease pathology, or other traumatic neurological pathology (tumors, infections, etc)

  • Speech production
    • Articulation of speech sounds
    • Voice and resonance problems
    • Prosodic issues
    • Motor planning (apraxia of speech)
  • Language expression and comprehension
    • Word finding
    • Aphasia
    • AAC needs (speech devices, communication boards, etc)
  • Cognitive skills
    • Executive functions
    • Memory
    • Reasoning
    • Attention
    • Processing
    • Organization
    • Problem solving
  • Swallowing difficulties
    • Oral dysphagia
    • Pharyngeal dysphagia

Can I get swallow studies at Elder Care?

We will coordinate with you to schedule an exam at our facility via a third party mobile modified barium swallow unit. The results of your MBS  exam will be provided directly to our skilled Speech-Language Pathologist to inform your speech therapy services at Elder Care. Modified barium swallow exams require a doctor’s script.

Please contact Elder Care’s Speech Therapy Department at 918-766-0391 or email Abby Petermann at apetermann@abouteldercare.org to schedule an appointment.

What is I need to do to get Speech Therapy?

Although it depends on your insurance, many times an Speech-Language Pathologist needs a doctor’s script to evaluate and provide speech therapy services to patients. At Elder Care, we require these referrals for all patients to ensure excellent documentation.

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What can I expect from my sessions?

Depending on the reason for your referral, your initial evaluation will take anywhere from 1-3 hours. We will do our best to communicate your particular evaluation expectations when we call to schedule your evaluation with you. The evaluation will consist of a detailed interview with you and, if needed, your caregivers/loved ones, as well as standardized assessment measures and/or clinical assessment of your area(s) of need. Prior to leaving your evaluation, our skilled Speech-Language Pathologist will provide you with preliminary results, including diagnosis information, prognosis, and a basic intervention plan.

Following your evaluation, appointments will be set up based on your individual needs; 1-2 times each week is typical. Each appointment lasts 45-60 minutes. You will also be provided with home activities and suggestions throughout your treatment period. The length of your treatment period will be determined by your individual needs.

SPEAK OUT! participants will generally have 3 appointments each week for 4 weeks with an intensive home exercise program.

How do I set up an appointment?

To set up an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation, please call 918-766-0391 or email our Speech-Language Pathologist, Abby Petermann, at apetermann@abouteldercare.org

Prior to your evaluation, we will verify your insurance and gather some pertinent health information.

SPEAK OUT,  which  typically  consists  of twelve individual speech  therapy sessions, is specifically designed to help Parkinson’s patients. Together, the  patient and speech language pathologist complete speech,voice, and cognitive exercises using a specialized workbook  that Parkinson Voice Project provides to every SPEAK OUT!®  patient in the U.S.

The program emphasizes speaking with intent and converts speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!® , patients transition to The LOUD Crowd® .

The LOUD Crowd®

Due to the progressive nature of Parkinson’s, daily  home  practice  and ongoing follow-up is necessary. The LOUD Crowd® consists of weekly group sessions on Mondays at 11:00am where SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed and participants practice speaking with intent. The LOUD Crowd® provides accountability, camaraderie, education, and support. Click here to learn more.

Additional Information

We accept Medicare and most major insurances. Call for more information:

Have a question about Speech Therapy at Elder Care? Send an e-mail to speech therapy:

apetermann@abouteldercare.org or call 918-766-0391

Prior to your evaluation, we will verify your insurance and gather some pertinent health information.

Our Dedicated Staff

Our speech therapy staff is dedicated to their profession and demonstrate their commitment to helping adults in our community live stronger and healthier lives.

New Patient Forms

Please print and fill out each form below and then mail or deliver in person to:
Elder Care
Speech Therapy
1223 Swan Drive
Bartlesville, OK 74006

New Patient Packet

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