The Speech Pathology Department, part of Community Memorial's Physical Medicine Department, provides services to both inpatients and outpatients to help individuals recover from brain injury due to stroke, head injury or degenerative disease; individuals with voice, swallowing or fluency problems; and children who are delayed in speaking or sound development.
Speech Pathology Services/Programs
Dysphagia/Swallowing Evaluation and Treatment
Bedside exam or videoflurorscopy of swallowing is used to assess the patient's risk of aspiration. An appropriate diet, strategies and exercise program is then developed to assure the patient's safety and to maintain adequate calorie intake.
Treatment of Speech, Language and Cognitive Impairments
These difficulties can result from stroke, head injury or degenerative disease. Speech can be slurred or difficult to understand and the patient may exhibit apraxia or problems with sound formation/sequencing. The language impaired patient may have problems with expression and comprehension of words through reading, direction following, writing, math and the ability to express daily needs. With cognitive disorders the patient usually exhibits decreased orientation, attention to simple tasks, poor memory, impaired problem solving abilities and poor safety judgment.
Stuttering is an interrupted flow or rhythm of speech that can affect both children and adults. It is characterized by hesitations, repetitions or prolongation of speech. There may be associated physical movements.
Voice Disorder Evaluation/Treatment
Voice disorders are characterized by a voice that may be too high or too low in pitch, too loud or too soft, or unusually harsh, hoarse, breathy or nasal.
Speech and Language Delay Treatment
Delayed development problems in children include delayed articulation, phonology or language. Treatment options for speech and language delays include a fee-for-service program.
Treatment for Issues Related to Parkinson's Disease/Related Diagnoses
The Speech Pathology is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Program. This program is designed to facilitate improved communication in patients with Parkinson's Disease and other related diagnoses.