MINNESOTA VOICE & SPEECH CLINIC is a specialty medical practice in speech/language pathology.
Our patients come to see us for evaluation and therapy for voice, speech, and orofacial myofunctional problems.
Most patients are referred by a physician or medical practitioner. Some are self-referred or recommended by family or other care givers.
Patients are most often seen for the following problems:
- Voice Disorders: Medical voice problems such as vocal nodules, vocal polyps, muscle tension dysphonia, recurring voice roughness. Patients should be seen by an
otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat physician) for examination prior to voice evaluation and therapy.
- Pediatric Speech Articulation Disorders: Unintelligible speech in young children and articulation errors in children or teengers who do not qualify for speech therapy at
- Myofunctional Disorders: Oral functional disorders involving normal oral resting posture, oral stage swallowing, and speech articulation. Most likely identified by the
patient's dentist or orthodontist. Can present as recurring choking, face and jaw pain or other oral symptoms that do not seem to have a clear underlying pathology.
- Fluency Disorders (stuttering, blocking, stammering): These disorders may arise in early childhood or early school age. While no "cure" has been developed, therapy
can be effective in helping to facilitate ease of communication, reduce speaking stress, and help to develop understanding within the family and peer group.
- Teenage Speech and Language Disorders. Most often these are problems that were not addressed with or did not respond well to speech therapy at a younger age. As
communication needs change in this pre-adult stage, teenagers with speech and language problems can often encounter problems with family and peers.
- Functional Breathing Disorders / Vocal Cord Dysfunction: These patients are referred by their allergist or pulmonologist for difficult breathing problems that are
functional in nature.