Overcoming speech delay, Isaiah’s communication success


Isaiah Patron with Gayla Rovelsky, Speech Therapist for MGH Therapies.

To celebrate and create awareness for Better Hearing and Speech Month, we are featuring one of our patient success stories. Five-year-old, Isaiah Patron, began treatment with Marquette General Therapies when he was 3 because he had poor intelligibility, meaning everyone was having a very hard time understanding him.

“When Isaiah first came to us, he was pretty much speaking in only vowels,” stated Gayla Rovelsky, SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist for Marquette General Therapies. “He had normally developing language – meaning he could understand what was being said to him and he could also express what he wanted in age appropriate utterances – but the actual sounds of his speech, called articulation, were very poor and made his speech sounds like gibberish or jargon.”

Isaiah began treatment for Developmental Apraxia of Speech, a condition where a child’s motor planning for speech sounds and putting speech sounds together isn’t quite right. Isaiah is still attending speech therapy two times per week. His mother reports “When Isaiah first began speech therapy, it was hard for us to communicate with him and understand his needs. Now, I can understand my child so much better and he can communicate with us. This makes me feel successful as a parent. It’s very rewarding.”

The “wait-and-see” approach to children who talk late is a result of misconceptions about typical language development. “All children develop at their own pace” is another common phrase parents come across when looking for an explanation for a child’s delayed development. While children do develop at their own pace to some extent, there are certain milestones which should be reached by a specific age. Even normally developing kids can have difficulties with speech and language. It’s always better to seek professional advice earlier rather than later.

Gayla Rovelsky is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), who provides evaluations and treatment for children and adults with speech and language disorders communicate more effectively. Sometimes this might mean helping a child pronounce and express words more clearly or it could mean helping an adult who recently had a stroke communicate with ease or be able to swallow without difficulty. Gayla graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors with her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from Northern Michigan University and obtained her Master’s Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Gayla Rovelsky, SLP, contact Marquette General Therapies at 906-225-5900 or visit us at www.uprehab.com

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapists (OT) help patients regain functional independence in their needed skills for Activities of Daily Living. OT’s help improve strength and coordination; provide special tools and education to help people bathe, groom and dress more independently; build skills needed to return to work, home and community; increase insight, understanding and thinking for daily coping. OT’s provide services in a variety of settings, including, hospitals, acute inpatient rehab centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health.

The Marquette General Rehab Center and UP Rehab Services/M Therapies would like to say ‘Thank-You’ to Occupational Therapy professionals Michelle Randall, Laura Jason, Heather Lautenschlager, Laura Kolak, Laura Woodworth, Sarah Stevens-Kofman, Fawn Bressette, Chris Erbisch, Stephanie C. Ballone, Rebecca Bonner, Rachelle Connon, Natalie Hutter, Aaron Lautenschlager, Audry Siders, and Joyce Treadeau for their dedication to helping patients Live Life To Its Fullest.

March is National Athletic Training Month

Athletic trainers prevent, recognize, evaluate, and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses. As health care providers in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan, athletic trainers are employed in colleges and universities, secondary schools, hospitals, clinical, industrial/occupational settings and as physician extenders.

Marquette General employs athletic trainers at UP Rehab, the Marquette Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Bryan Dixon’s Sports Medicine Clinic and the Dome USOEC Clinic.

More than 50 percent of athletic trainers work outside of school settings. Through these settings, athletic trainers know and practice health care at the highest professional, ethical, and quality standards in order to protect and service the public. Athletic trainers provide medical care, attention, and compassion to patients and athletes on the field and in the clinical setting. Athletic training is a growing profession that is expanding each day nationwide. Athletic trainers are health care providers who save lives.