Speech Therapy

The Speech Therapy Department at Rusk County Memorial Hospital provides speech, language, cognitive and swallowing services to individuals of all ages, pediatric through geriatric, while hospitalized or on an outpatient basis.

Services are provided by a Speech Pathologist with a master's degree, who holds the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence, as well as being licensed by the State of Wisconsin.

Our therapists are well trained in diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication impairments and swallowing problems, including:


Speech disorders involve difficulty with producing or combining speech sounds in words and sequencing them in connected speech, stuttering - disfluent speech, apraxia - motor planning problems, or dysarthria - slurred speech due to muscle weakness.

Augumentative/Assistive communication devices such as speech generating devices or communication boards are utilized for those individuals who are cognitively capable of comprehending speech, but are not able to produce any meaningful speech.


Language disorders involve an individual's ability to comprehend word/concept relationships or organizing words to express their thoughts through verbal or written means.


Cognitive disorders result when someone has experienced a stroke, or other type of brain injury. These individuals have difficulty with memory, attention, thought organization, following directives, identifying and reading social cues when communicating, problem-solving/reasoning, as well as decreased awareness of their deficits that have resulted from the stroke/brain injury.


Voice disorders involve an abnormal change in vocal quality as a result of vocal abuse or misuse, structural abnormalities or neurological deficits such as Parkinson's disease. Vocal abnormalities may include breathiness, hoarseness, strained/strangled voicing, weakness or aphonia (total loss of voicing).


Swallowing or chewing disorders are referred to as dysphasia and are often caused by a stroke or other neurological deficits such as dementia, Huntington's disease, ALS or Parkinson's disease. They are often at high risk for aspiration (fluid or liquids entering the lungs) and/or choking, as well as dehydration or malnutrition. Some children or demented individuals display oral deficits.

Communication problems can have negative impacts on children's academic and social lives and can isolate them from other people and frustrate their efforts to learn and grow.

Free speech-language and hearing screenings are available by appointment. Call (715) 532-5561 ext. 1301 to set up an appointment.

Speech Therapy Forms

Once you have scheduled an appointment with Speech Therapy, you may download, print and fill out the following forms. Please bring these forms with you for your first appointment.