New speech therapy in town

Speech Therapy

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – It has been said that communication is the key to success, but for some that can be a struggle.

That is why Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin decided it was important to offer services to help with that.

They help with people who have autism or Down’s syndrome, or more basic speech difficulties like stuttering or a lisp.

“Sometimes kids have troubles with words just as much as adults do and we give them the opportunities to learn the words and help them communicate in their school life, in their home life, and just make life a little bit easier for them,” said Speech Language Pathologist Emily Trnka.

She said it can go a long way for someone’s confidence.

“Ability to perform in school, for adults, being able to become a part of the community again, to be comfortable in your own skin. Communication is huge, and when you don’t have the ability to communicate what you want or what you need, you would be very surprised at how limiting that is,” Trnka said.

She said they tend to work with children for about eight weeks before reevaluating how much more needs to be done. Adults typically take half that time.

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