Chung Speech And Swallowing Therapy is a Carrollton-based private speech therapy practice. We serve adults who need help with their speech, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing therapy. We also provide services for children in K-5 to address speech sound disorder, speech and language impairment, reading difficulties, and stuttering.
Specialty programs include AmpCare neuromuscular electrical stimulation for dysphagia and SPEAK OUT!, and LSVT LOUD for Parkinson's disease. In particular, we offer therapy in Korean for Korean speaking clients who need speech and swallowing rehabilitation as well. We are in network with Medicare, BCBSTX, Cigna, Oscar, MultiPlan & PHSC, and HealthSmart. We accept patient with out-of-network outpatient speech therapy benefits and private pay.
Here's some frequently asked questions:
1. Who receives speech therapy at our practice?
Currently we work primarily with adult clients who need speech or swallowing therapy. They range from individuals who were recently discharged from a hospital after acute medical conditions to ones who desire to further improve residual speech and swallowing deficits. We address speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing impairments that are associated with various medical conditions including stroke, TBI, dementia, respiratory distress, Parkinson’s, and other neurogenic disorders.
2. Do we see children for therapy?
As of now, we see children in K-6 for assessments and therapy for speech sound disorders, reading difficulties, and other language impairments. We use a list of pediatric private practices when we need to refer out some young clients to ones with more experiences in particular diagnoses.
3. Which States are we licensed in?
Our clinic is based in Carrollton, Texas but Dr. Chung is licensed both in Texas and California. Therefore, she is able to provide teletherapy services to clients who reside in California. For now, she offers teletherapy services to clients in California with Medicare as she can bill Medicare locally.
4. Do we offer teletherapy?
Currently, we see most of clients in person per their preferences but we offer teletherapy to some clients in Texas via HIPAA compliant platform.
5. Do we offer specialized programs for Parkinson’s speech and voice?
Yes, we do. We offer SPEAK OUT!® for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. To find a provider near you, please visit the website. The program is an intensive speech therapy program typically for 12 sessions for clients with Parkinson’s disease. Candidates should be able to tolerate 40 minute therapy sessions, follow simple commands, and show improvement using INTENT in two or more of the elements including breath support, volume, vocal quality, articulation, or intonation of speech. Additionally, candidates need to be able to complete daily home exercises either independently or given assist. I previously worked with Korean speaking clients with Parkinson’s for SPEAK OUT!® programs with translated carry over speech and cognitive tasks in Korean.
6. Do we work with adults with apraxia s/p stroke or TBI?
Yes. Treatment of apraxia may involve various treatment methods depending on the severity and other difficulties associated with the etiology. If a client presents with both aphasia and apraxia, it is important to address both accordingly in order to help the client achieve a meaningful gain in speech output. I am trained for PROMPT to help clients restructure oral muscular phonetic targets through a tactile-kinesthetic approach. A selection and/or training of an Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) device can be a short term or long term implementation depending on the client’s need and prognosis.
7. What other less frequent treatment diagnoses do we encounter in your practice?
Less frequently, we treat individuals with dysarthria (slurred speech), stuttering, voice disorders, and Vocal Cord Dysfunction (i.e., Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction). Usually this symptom gets treated for a short period, which starts with 1-2 times per week until the client learns how to do recommended exercises and implement strategies when needed, and then decrease the frequency to help the client be more independent with exercises and strategies.
8. Do we provide speech or swallowing therapy services in Korean?
Yes. If a client’s dominant language is Korean, I recommend speech therapy be provided in Korean not only for maximized clinical outcome but also for easier access to home exercise program. In addition, depending on the languages used by the client and family/caregivers, instructions in both languages may be more beneficial.
네. 한국어를 평소에 주로 쓰시는 분이 언어나 인지능력에 문제가 있어 치료를 희망하시는 경우에 한국어로 치료를 받으시는 것이 많은 장점이 있습니다. 또 가정에서 언어, 인지, 삼킴 치료에 필요한 운동을 도와 주시는 분이 한국어를 주로 쓰시는 경우에도 도움이 됩니다. 특히 영어와 한국어 이중언어를 구사하시는 분이 뇌졸증 후 실어증이나 구어 실행증을 겪으실 경우 좀 더 정확한 평가를 해서 한국어나 영어를 아니면 두 언어를 다 사용해서 치료해야 할 지를 결정하는 것이 중요합니다.
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