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 Speech Therapy

Contact information

Practice open

Mon to Thu 8 am to 3:30 pm and Fri 8 am to 2 pm

Head of service unit

Leading speech therapist Katja Saarela, puh. 02 313 5846

 Speech Therapy

  • Patients
  • Additional Info

We treat disorders of children's and adults' communication, verbal ability (speech comprehension and talking), speech motor activity (unfluency and unclarity) voice production and swallowing. In addition, people with various speech impediments can get help by using equipment and methods designed to support and/or to replace speech, such as sign language and pictures.

You need a doctor's referral to be admitted.

We treat the following disorders:

  • Adult speech motor disturbances and speech unclarity (dysarthria)
  • Adult stuttering (dysphemia)
  • Disorders of the voice (dysphonia)
  • Adult swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Communicative disorders resulting from children's or adult's hearing defect.
  • Children's developmental and acquired disorders of contact, communication, language development and speech production, learning difficulties and eating and swallowing difficulties.
  • Children's and adults' severe disorders of speech and communication requiring assistive communication devices (e.g. ALS, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental disability)

A clinic fee or a continuing treatment fee is collected from the treatment. The clinic fee does not apply to the visitations for assistive devices in Tikoteekki.

Telephone numbers

  • Speech therapy at the paediatric ward: speech therapist Jaana Juntunen, p. 02 313 1458
  • Speech therapy at the department of otorhinolaryngology: Leading speech therapist Katja Saarela, puh. 02 313 5846, phoniatric nurse, tel. 02 313 9967
  • Speech therapy at the neurological wards: speech therapist Taina Kannosto-Blomqvist, tel. 02 313 2702 and the speech therapist at Kaskenlinna rehabilitation ward Merja Eskola, tel. 02 313 4387
  • Tikoteekki: speech therapist Minna Vironmäki, tel. 02 313 1471

Street addresses

  • Phoniatrics Tyks U-hospital, entrance 3A, 9th floor
  • Hearing Centre Tyks U-hospital, entrance 3A, ground floor
  • Paediatric neurology: Tyks U-hospital, entrance 3A, 11th & 12th floor
  • Adult neurology: Tyks T-hospital, entrance 18A, Wing E, 5th floor
  • Rehabilitation Ward Kaskenlinna D, 3rd floor
  • Regional assistive technology centre/Tikoteekki: Tyks, Raisio Hospital, Sairaalakatu 5

Interacting with other people is an essential part of human life. The goal of our treatment of speech impediments is that our patients are able to communicate as well as possible. Methods replacing speech can be used if speech is impaired.

We study the disorders of communication and swallowing, assess the need for rehabilitation, perform speech therapy, organise follow-up care outside Tyks, if necessary, and give information and counselling about speech impediments. We usually work in interprofessional teams.

Our speech therapists participate in the education of students in their own fields. We teach and educate the students of logopaedics at Turku university and Åbo Akademi in different stages of their studies. Logopaedics students can attend in patient work and they can perform speech therapy under the guidance of their educator.

Expertise and competence

  • The Finnish Association of Speech Therapists has chosen the Speech therapist of the year twice from Tyks: in the year 2011 Anneli Laine was recognised and Ulla Ström in 2013.
  • We have developed a classification for speech impediments, their adverse effect and difficulty by applying the TOM (Treatment Outcome Measures) classification by Pam Enderby.
  • We co-operate closely with other speech therapists in the area, health centres and the private practices of speech therapists.

We are a part of the Tyks expert services.

Päivitetty: 24/04/2017 13:29