Speech Language Pathology
Our Speech-Language Pathologist provides evaluation and treatment to individuals from infancy through geriatrics who have speech, language, voice, or swallowing disorders that affect their ability to communicate.
An evaluation is the first step of the speech-language therapy process. This allows the therapist to measure a patient’s strengths and weaknesses and design a treatment plan for each individual’s specific needs. Following the evaluation, our therapists will coordinate care with the patient’s other rehabilitation specialists.
Evaluation and treatment for the pediatric population:
- Articulation- The ability to produce sounds
- Language delay- Difficulties understanding and/or using spoken language
- Oral-motor and feeding disorders- Problems with sucking, eating from a spoon, chewing, or drinking from a cup
- Cognitive/linguistic apraxia- Problems with motor coordination of speech. Difficulties making sounds correctly and consistently
- Voice disorder- Inappropriate pitch or loudness, hoarseness, vocal fatigue, or periodic loss of voice
- Dysfluency- Stuttering
- Hearing impairment
- Cochlear implants
Evaluation and treatment for the adult population:
- Comprehension- Auditory and reading
- Expression- Verbal and written
- Aphasia- Word finding
- Dysarthria- Speech production
- Dysphagia- Feeding and swallowing disorders
- Weakness of facial musculature
- Traumatic brain injury
Our hospital offers instrumental dysphagia evaluations such as Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) or video fluoroscopy. Based on MBS findings, recommendations are made to patients regarding diet texture, meal-time safety, and compensatory strategies.
Speech pathology is available to you through physician referral.
Our outpatient clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.