Speech language pathology is the treatment of communication disorders including speech, language and swallowing. The speech therapy department offers screenings, diagnosis and treatment for:
- Speech: articulation, fluency (stuttering) and difficulty forming and sequencing sounds.
- Language: receptive, expressive, oral and written communication skills.
- Voice: poor voice quality, reoccurring laryngitis, voice abuse/misuse, esophageal speech, electro larynx training, dysphonia (difficulty voicing);
- Swallowing: VitalStim therapy (electrical stimulation to improve swallowing), DPNS (deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation), oral and throat exercises, Modified Barium Swallow studies (X-ray for accurate diagnosis of swallowing problem), diet and safety recommendations and tongue thrust remediation.
- Cognitive-linguistic skills: Including Alzheimer’s functional maintenance programs and functional ADL (activities of daily living), skills training (such as balancing checkbook, paying bills, appointments).
- Pragmatic: ability to use language appropriately within cultural expectations.