Speech disorders affect children from an early age, or may develop later in life as a result of trauma or injury. Speech therapists are specially trained in helping individuals correct speech disorders and speak clearly. Speech disorders can be embarrassing for those that suffer from them, but regular sessions with a qualified speech therapist can improve speaking and help the patient to communicate more effectively.
Speech therapists, also known as speech language pathologists, or SLPs, are educated in human communications, speech and speech related disorders. They require a master’s degree and state certification and a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. An SLP can diagnose and treat patients with various speech, oral and swallowing related disorders.
Darla Freeman, SLPD, CCC-SLP
Darla Freeman is a doctor of Speech-Language Pathology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Darla earned her doctorate from Northwestern University where she was selected as a Teaching Assistant for the Organizational Behavior course. She earned her masters degree from the Ohio State University and is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. While in her masters program, she developed a special interest in voice disorders and their management, and was selected for a clinical internship in the Department of Otolaryngology. During the internship, she gained valuable experience and advanced training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of a wide variety of laryngeal disorders in a multidisciplinary center.
Lourdes Gomez-Luaces M.S., CCC/SLP
Lourdes Gomez-Luaces received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She is board certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and treats adult and pediatric speech, language, and swallowing disorders. She is fluent in English and Spanish.