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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Kiley Goff takes a break in the therapy room at the Imperial Manor recently. (Johnson Publications Photo)


Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles introducing therapists who visit the county hospital to see patients.

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


About the end of August, Kiley Goff of Cozad began visiting Chase County Community Hospital and Imperial Manor as a speech therapist.

Goff, 29, drives to Imperial every Tuesday to visit patients from birth to geriatric ages.

She helps with speech, language, cognition and swallowing. If different ways to communicate are needed, she develops strategies and devices to help with that communication.

The older patients she sees have speech problems related to strokes, traumatic brain injury or dementia. Or, the problem could be “something they were born with and now need specific help with,” she said.

Children’s speech problems may be attributed to autism, developmental disabilities or “pretty much anything related to speech, language or swallowing.”

Goff said being a speech therapist is rewarding because of “being able to help people. We can do so much for so many people to get to a better state in their life or back to their old life.”

Goff obtained a Masters Degree in speech/language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) this past spring. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in communication disorders from UNK in 2013.