COSHOCTON -- Coshocton Hospital Speech Therapy has expanded its services with the recent addition of Crystal A. Bates, MA, CCC-SLP. Bates joins the current Coshocton Hospital speech and language pathologist Jackie Mullet, MA, CCC-SLP, in working with those who face developmental or acquired difficulties with the ability to communicate via the spoken or written word.

Bates earned her Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Kent State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Muskingum University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude respectively. Prior to joining Coshocton Hospital, she has provided contracted evaluation and rehabilitation services for school age children through the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities, as well as home health and outpatient services for children and adults.

As a speech and language pathologist, a large part of Crystal's focus lies in helping individuals communicate at whatever level is possible given their level of impairment. She specialized in the treatment of individuals with low incidence disorders including such disabilities as Autism, moderate to profound multiple developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairment, etc. Her experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) modalities and devices enables her to work with patients who need this technology to supplement or replace speech or writing when impairments limit the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

Her experience also includes specialization in adult dysphagia, which is a difficulty swallowing as a result of a stroke, brain injury, weakness of function, disease or breakdown of head or neck structures.

Coshocton Hospital Speech Therapy Service offices are located on the lower level of the 311 Building, 311 S. 15th St. in Coshocton. Therapy appointments can be made with a physician referral; for information, call the speech therapy office at 740-623-4143.