What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is the treatment of speech and communication disorders, specifically through the use of exercises and audio-visual aids that develop new speech habits.

There are a number of conditions that can cause difficulty with speech and language development. At Tri-County Health Care, our Speech-Language Pathologist will assess and treat a variety of conditions related to communication (Dysarthria), cognition, voice production and feeding and swallowing (Dysphagia) disorders. Whether looking to improve speech, language and oral motor skills, or looking to further listening skills, facial expression or gestural language, we offer solutions for both adult and pediatric patients.

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Other patient services include:

Care Provided

Speech Sounds

How we say sounds and put sounds together into words. This can include articulation, phonological disorders, apraxia of speech or dysarthria.


How well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking.


How well we read and write.

Social Communication

How well we follow rules, how we to talk to different people, how close to stand to someone talking.


We have all experienced problems with our voice before. Cold, allergies, or even cheering for your favorite team can result in a loss of voice. Tri-County Health Care can both educate and treat patients dealing with such disorders as:

  • Vocal Cord Nodules & Polyps
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia


Also called stuttering. This is how well our speech flows.

Cognitive Communication

Speech therapists are able to assist with memory, attention, problem solving, organization or other thinking skills.

Feeding & Swallowing

In addition to performing video swallow studies for those who have difficulty swallowing, speech therapists can help when there are difficulties with sucking and chewing which may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss or other health problems.


Able to treat both adult and pediatric patients, Robert Toews, Tri-County Health Care's Speech-Language Pathologist, is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the MN Department of Health.

Robert Toews, MS/CCC-SLP (L)
Robert Toews, MS/CCC-SLP (L)