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Speech-Language Pathologist: EMILY AANRUD, MS/CCC-SLP

Emily has experience working with both pediatric and adult patients. She works with children from birth to teens, including those with Autism, developmental speech sound and language disorders, voice, stuttering, feeding, swallowing and oral motor disorders.

If your child exhibits any of the following or you're concerned about their communication, feeding or swallowing skills, speech-language therapy may be able to help.


•Weak, uncoordinated or ineffective suck

•History of tongue or lip tie with poor weight gain

•Uncoordinated rhythm of suck-swallow-breathe; may struggle, arch, infrequently pause to breathe, or exhibit increased or inadequate tone

•Frequent coughing, choking or gasping for air

•Loses food or liquid while eating/drinking

•Difficulty transitioning to new food consistencies

•Excessive drooling

•Picky eater/ Problem feeder


· Speech is difficult to understand

· Does not babble, no words by 12 months

· No two-word phrases by 20 months

· Becomes upset or frustrated when communicating

· Stuttering or dysfluent speech to include "blocking" (getting "stuck" on words) or repeating part of a word; may be accompanied by physical struggle behaviors

· Struggles to form words; repetitive movements of tongue, cheeks, lips; groping

· Difficulty understanding directions or simple questions (may repeat all or part of question or repeat "what"?)

· Grammatical errors, difficulty using language correctly

· Hoarse voice quality; exhibits signs of vocal abuse (i.e. yelling, screaming, noisemaking, loud voice, growling)


Emily sees adult patients with speech, language, voice, swallowing and cognitive disorders.

If you or your loved one exhibits any of the following or you're concerned about communication or swallowing skills, speech-language therapy may be able to help.

Swallowing problems (dysphagia) may include:

· Coughing or choking on food and liquids

· Wet or gurgly voice

· Feeling of food getting stuck

· Recurrent pneumonia

Dysphagia is usually caused by neurological disease or brain damage and head or neck surgery, cancer or injuries such as:

· Stroke or brain injury

· Parkinson's disease

· Alzheimer's disease

· Multiple and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

· Cervical spine fusion or injury

· Head or neck radiation

Adults with speech, language, voice or cognitive difficulties may have a hard time:

• Saying words clearly

• Producing a loud, clear voice

• Thinking of the right words to say

• Understanding what others are saying

• Reading and writing words or sentences

• Remembering people's names or other information

• Solving everyday problems

• Planning and organizing day-to-day activities

• Socializing with others