Brain Integration Station
Stacey Forbes, M.S., SLP-CCC
Owner & Speech Therapist
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We provide a wide variety of speech and language services for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Services include evaluation and treatment of articulation; fluency; voice; receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language; and feeding swallowing disorders.
Communication is the foundation of all relationships and activities. When an individual struggles with communication, either developmentally, or from trauma, it significantly impacts the quality of life for the individual and the family.
Areas Addressed by Speech and Language Therapy
Articulation disorders: Difficulty producing sounds in words and sentences.
Fluency disorders: Includes stuttering or the repetition of a sound, word, or phrase.
Voice disorders: Problems with the pitch, loudness, or quality of the voice.
Receptive language disorders: Difficulty understanding what is said.
Expressive language disorders: Problems using words or putting words together.
Pragmatic (social) language disorders: Difficulty using language appropriately in social settings.
Cognitive communication disorders: Trouble with communication skills that involve memory, orientation, organization, and problem solving.
Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
Oral phase of swallowing: Problems sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat.
Pharyngeal phase of swallowing: Difficulty starting the swallowing reflex, squeezing food down the throat, and closing off the airway to prevent food or liquid from entering the airway.
Esophageal phase of swallowing: Challenges relaxing and tightening the openings at the top and bottom of the feeding tube in the throat and moving food into the stomach.
VitalStim for Dysphagia
Vitalstim Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia.
The VitalStim® Therapy System is a non-invasive therapy to help swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening and muscle recruitment to rehabilitate the swallow.
The VitalStim® Therapy System is designed as an aital djunct modality, meaning a clinician will apply VitalStim while simultaneously working with the patient on swallowing exercise. Used as an adjunct to traditional swallowing therapy, VitalStim has been found to:
- Be safe and effective for patients 1
- Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet 2
- Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results 3
- Help patients for whom previous attempts at dysphagia therapy had failed4
- Help patients become tube independant5
Stacey Forbes – M.S., CCC-SLP
Stacey is the founder of the Brain Integration Station. She been a speech therapist to many children and adults. Stacey knows that relationships matter and when your loved one needs support, you enter into a relationship with that company. The quality of that relationship is one of the most important factors into how successful the therapy is for your loved one. That’s why she started Brain Integration Station. Her practice is centered on developing trusting relationships crafting individualized therapy that is highly engaging and that meets your loved one where they are to grow their skills and their whole brain.
Stacey has worked for over twelve years as a speech language therapist. She’s worked in a variety of settings including early intervention, public schools, private schools, speech and hearing clinics in the US and overseas, as well as in hospitals and adult rehabilitation facilities treating dysphagia and speech and language disorders in adults.
She earned her Masters in Speech Therapy from the University of North Texas and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the ASHA, a California State SLP license, Stacey is trained to use DIR/Floortime (expert), VitalStem (dysphagia), aural rehabilitation (Smarty Ears), TOMATIS Method, and more. Stacey has earned an ACE award for continuing education for the past 9 years from ASHA. Stacey has a passion for working with children with auditory processing disorders and with children on the autism spectrum.
When Stacey is done with work for the day, loves to spend time reading, practicing yoga, or cooking something fancy.