Speech Therapy/Speech Pathology Department

The speech pathology department at the Floyd County Medical Center provides a wide range of diagnostic, consultative, treatment and education services to inpatient and outpatient children and adults with communication and swallowing impairments.

Communication Disorders/Patients ServedYoung Boy in Speech Therapy

The speech pathology department provides services in the following areas:

  • Pediatric speech and language developmental delays

    Delayed speech occurs when sounds are not produced correctly at the expected age.
    Delayed language occurs when words and sentences are not understood or used at the expected age.
    Delayed speech and language may be associated with many different types of health issues. Examples include: frequent ear infections, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome.

  • Pediatric and adult feeding and swallowing impairments

    Difficulty swallowing can be associated with a variety of different medical conditions. Swallowing disorders occur in all age groups from newborns through the geriatric populations.

  • Video swallowing studies

    A video swallowing study is an assessment of swallowing which is completed in radiology. A patient is given various foods and liquids mixed with barium which allows the speech pathologist and the radiologist to objectively determine how the food/liquid moves through the mouth and throat.

  • Augmentative and alternative communicationJulie with Client

    Augmentative and alternative communication involves helping find systems and methods for communication for persons with severe expressive speech and language impairments that are unable to use verbal speech to make their wants and needs known. Systems may include such items as picture symbols, communication boards and computer based communication devices.

  • Stroke rehabilitation

    Impaired speech and swallowing requiring speech therapy may occur following a stroke.

  • Neurological disorders

    Impaired speech and swallowing requiring speech therapy may occur as a result of a neurological disease such as Parkinson's disease, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury, Huntington's disease. The goal of speech therapy is to treat patients on how to compensate and maintain communication and swallowing skills as the disease process progresses.

  • Cognitive disorders

    Stroke and head injury can lead to difficulty with such tasks as attention, concentration, memory, reasoning, judgment, problem-solving.

  • Pediatric and adult voice disorders

    Difficulty with voice production related to vocal abuse or physical causes may require treatment for changes in vocal pitch, loudness, hoarseness or resonance.

  • Laryngectomy

    Alternative forms of communication are necessary for patients who have their larynx removed and are unable to produce voice naturally.

How Can I Recieve Speech Therapy Services?Girl with Device

A referral from your physician is required before a speech and/or swallowing assessment can be completed. The department may help you secure this order if necessary.

If you are uncertain if you or someone in your family would benefit from speech therapy, screenings can be completed by calling the speech pathology department.

Payment for services is covered by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. For qualifying families, payment for services can also be covered by local grant funds.


Floyd County Medical Center currently employs two speech-language pathologists. Each of the speech pathologist holds a Master's Degree, is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is registered by the Iowa Department of Health.

FCMC Speech Pathology Staff:
Julie Becker, MS/CCC
Sara Stewart, MA/CCC
Jenna Lyons, MA/CFY
Megan Frerichs, MA/CCC


Contact Us

Floyd County Medical Center
(641)228-6830 EXT 349

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Floyd County Medical Center

800 11th Street

Charles City, Iowa 50616

Phone: 641-228-6830