Services

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology provides evaluation and therapy services to patients from birth to older adults. We specialize in swallowing disorders, including  those  of infants and children as well as adults, utilizing state-of-the-art  radiological  techniques. We also provide speech and language therapy (especially after stroke or traumatic brain injury), voice therapy, and cognitive retraining.

Conditions Treated

We have expertise in treating swallowing disorders (dysphagia), speech disorders, stuttering, language disorders, cognitive-linguistic disorders, developmental delays, voice disorders, chewing difficulties, alternative communication needs,  facial  muscle  weakness,  dysarthria,  apraxia,  aphasia, increase social skills, and communication needs associated with laryngeal cancer.

Elements of Treatment

  • Newborn/Pediatrics (swallowing/feeding difficulties, delayed language, articulation deficits, phonological disorders, speech delays)
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies
  • Neurological Rehabilitation (stroke, brain injury)
  • Alaryngeal Speech Training (electrolarynx, esophageal speech, voice prosthesis fitting and training)
  • Speaking valves for tracheostomy patients and ventilator patients with tracheostomy
  • Intense oral stimulation to promote sensory integration for pharyngeal dysphagia.
  • Vital Stimulation Therapy: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) used to promote strengthening of the swallowing muscles with patients who are diagnosed with CVA, Bell’s Palsy, hypotonia (adult), etc.
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT): A clinically-proven and innovative method used for improving voice volume and speech in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Dynavox, Go Talk, Lingraphica, facilitative signing, and PECS). AAC’s are technological and standard strategies which assist people with severe communication deficits. These strategies promote participation in social roles including: Education/learning, interpersonal interaction, community activities, employment, care management, etc.
  • Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation: (DPNS)- is a systematized therapeutic method for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia which practices direct targeted reflex triggering to generate muscle group contraction
  • Beckman Oral Motor: is assisted movements to activate muscle contraction and to provide movement against resistance to build strength.

Goals

Our goal is for patients to have the most natural and independent abilities to communicate, eat, drink, produce voice, and/or think in order to function in their everyday lives.