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Speech-Language pathology specializes in the field of human communications, its normal development and disorders.
The HCGH Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) staff offers a brighter future to patients affected by stroke, brain injury, head/neck cancer and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Therapy involves helping patients to improve their level of function in the areas of language, articulation, voice, fluency, cognition, augmentative communication, swallowing and interpersonal communications skills.
Our SLP staff works as part of the rehabilitation services team, using innovative techniques and equipment. Some of our sophisticated tools include:
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, which involves speech/voice strengthening exercises that can result in voice improvements that last as long as two years. For more information visit lsvt.org.
- Videostrobolaryngoscopy, which provides accurate diagnosis of vocal-cord lesions and abnormalities using a strobe light and small camera to visualize cords vibrating at very slow speeds. This tool also provides feedback to patients regarding their voice habits and use. As a diagnostic tool for the early detection and diagnosis of reflux, this procedure was recently featured on the Dr. Oz show and as a Yahoo.com front page health story.
- VitalStim Therapy, which treats dysphagia – difficulty swallowing – by delivering small electrical currents that stimulate motor nerves responsible for swallowing to help patients re-educate their muscles and progress to a normal diet without need for a feeding tube. For more information visit vitalstimtherapy.com.
- Resonant Voice Therapy and Vocal Retraining, which focuses on returning balance to the vocal mechanism. This therapy has proved highly successful for improving daily functional voice use for patients with a history of chronic hoarseness/laryngitis, vocal nodules or polyps, and reflux.
To learn more about Speech/Language Pathology, please refer to The American Speech-Language Hearing Association, website ASHA.org
For more information or to make an appointment, you can reach The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at 443-718-3000.