Speech Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology Department provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for adults and children who have communication and swallowing disorders. A speech-language pathologist is trained to assess these deficits and develop a treatment program. Services are offered on an inpatient and outpatient basis though our inpatient acute, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and day rehabilitation programs.

Speech and Language Disorders

Our specialists treat the following speech and language disorders:

  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • Apraxia

Swallowing Disorders

Dysphagia

The Speech-Language Pathology Department provides a comprehensive dysphagia assessment and treatment program to address swallowing difficulties.

Assessment and treatment procedures include:

  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Function (VSF)
  • Vital Stimulation

 

Services

Cognitive communicative retraining
Cognition refers to memory, problem solving, reasoning and overall thinking skills. A  person can have problems with cognitive communicating as the result of medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, respiratory failure or lack of oxygen to the brain.

Helping patients speak again
Passy-Muir Speaking Valve (PMV) is a one-way speaking valve that can be used for adult and pediatric patients who have had a tracheotomy or who are on a ventilator. After assessing the patient's condition, a trained speech-language pathologist makes recommendations about PMV and help the patient learn to use the device.

Communicating after surgery for head and neck cancer
In collaboration with the ear, nose, and throat specialist, a speech-language pathologist provides preoperative counseling about communication options such as esophageal speech, electrolarynx or tracheal esophageal puncture with voice prosthesis.

 

Pediatric Programs

Clinicians with specialized training in pediatrics serve infants, children and adolescents who have acute and chronic needs in the areas of multiple trauma, brain injury, infant and child development, craniofacial differences and feeding /swallowing.