Emily Runyon, WellStar Speech-Language Pathologist

“I love my job. I’ve known I wanted to work in speech pathology since high school. My best days with patients are when I can see they’re as excited about their growth as I am. Knowing that their life has improved since we started working together is the most rewarding part.” 

People most commonly associate speech pathologists with children’s articulation disorders, but we treat patients of all ages with language delays, memory loss, brain injuries and degenerative diseases. We often work with patients who have had strokes and lost the ability to speak. 

With my patients, education is one of the most important parts of the process. I explain to each patient what is happening with their body and what should be happening. From motor movements of people’s mouths to awareness deficits in everyday life, we work together to regain patients’ cognitive and language-based skills.   

Tips to prevent memory loss

  1. 1. Avoid distractions such as your phone when you know you will need to remember something. If you don’t pay attention to the information, you’re not going to remember it.
  2. 2. To remember details, write things down. Then repeat them to yourself. Writing and repeating are two of the best ways to reinforce important information.
  3. 3. Cognitive maintenance is important. Things become automatic once you do them several times, so try something new every day to keep the muscles in your brain healthy and strong. 

WellStar OrthoSport, Vinings Health Park, 4441 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna, GA 30080. 470.956.0415 and WellStar.orgFor more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770.956.STAR (7827).