Photo, From left to right: Haley Robbins, MS, CCC-SLP; Caroline Goodson,
MA, CCC-SLP; Nicole Reese, MSP, CCC-SLP, Sue Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP
When you think of a speech language pathologist, you probably think of
someone who helps children pronounce their sounds correctly. That’s
the impression a lot of people have, but it only tells part of the story.
“The diversity within the field is one of the things I enjoy about
it,” said Sue Johnson, a certified speech language pathologist at
Iredell Health System (IHS). Johnson earned her master’s degree
in communication disorders at the University of Michigan. “We work
in a variety of settings and with people who are dealing with many different
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month — a time to spotlight communication
disorders and the life-changing treatment speech language pathologists
provide. Iredell Health System’s speech therapy program is a part
of the System’s comprehensive rehabilitation services.
“We don’t only work on articulation of words,” Caroline
Goodson said. She earned her master’s degree in speech language
pathology at UNC Greensboro. “We also help people with cognition
deficits, voice disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders,
swallowing disorders, facial droop, and stuttering, social language use
and accent modification.”
In order to become a certified speech language pathologist (CCC-LP), one
must earn their graduate degree, pass a national exam and complete a clinical
fellowship year. All four of Iredell Health System’s speech language
pathologists have earned that designation.
Haley Robbins became interested in language development while she was
an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, where she also earned
her master’s degree.
“I enjoy the direct impact we have on the quality of life of our
patients,” said Robbins.
Struggling with things like speaking, eating and swallowing can be frustrating.
Nicole Reese obtained her master’s degree in speech pathology at
the University of South Carolina. She says helping her patients overcome
those obstacles is what she enjoys the most.
“When I work with someone who has issues swallowing, I enjoy helping
to make them safer and to improve their quality of life.”
For more information on speech language therapy and other rehabilitation
services available through Iredell Health System, call 704-878-4529.