Joann is our Speech Therapist here at Windom Area Health. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Her therapy interests include adult and pediatric dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) as well as neurological rehabilitation. Joann, originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area, lived in Washington state for several years before returning to the Midwest to be closer to family. Married with two children (boys), attending college, Joann enjoys reading, paper crafting and spending time with family and friends.

Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) and Windom Area Health is honoring our Speech Therapist, Joann Anderson for her Dedication to Health. Speech therapists see patients ranging in age from children to adults. They treat many types of communication and swallowing problems ranging from speech sounds, language, swallowing, fluency, voice and communication. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, at least 20 percent of U.S. adults, at some point in their lives, experience significant difficulty in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, or language. These challenges can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of life.

Speech/Language Therapy Services at WAH

  • Dysphagia
  • Dysarthria
  • Aphasia
  • Cognition
  • Voice
  • LSVT LOUD: a speech treatment that helps boost vocal volume using exercises that stimulate the voice box muscles. In addition to being a treatment for Parkinson’s patients, LSVT LOUD may help with disordered articulation, diminished facial expression, and impaired swallowing. LSVT LOUD teaches you how to use a louder voice automatically in daily communication with long-term carryover.

To schedule an appointment with Joann, call 507-831-0634. Appointments are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or by special arrangement.

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