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Speech Therapy

speech therapist with patient

Speech-Language Pathologists are licensed to treat a variety of disorders not only relating to speech-language but also in the areas of swallowing, voice, and cognition. Our Speech-Language Pathologists have received specialized training in innovative techniques to help adult patients, as well as limited pediatric patients, achieve their highest potential of function and independence.

speech therapy sessionFollowing a thorough evaluation, your Speech-Language Pathologist will develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific goals and improve the quality of your life.

At Saint Vincent Hospital, our speech-language pathology services include treatment and management in the following areas:

  • Dysphagia: Difficulty swallowing, modified diets, return to oral intake after feeding tube, management of dry mouth
  • Dysarthria: Slurred or misarticulated speech; impaired rate or prosody of speaking
  • Apraxia: Impairment in the motor planning of speech
  • Aphasia/Language: Difficulty understanding and/or producing spoken language; word finding difficulties; difficulty with reading or writing
  • Cognition: Difficulty with attention, memory, reasoning, problem solving, processing, mental flexibility, and executive functioning
  • Voice: hoarse/breathy/strained vocal quality, poor volume, pain when speaking, impaired pitch range; resulting from laryngeal disorders such as vocal nodules, polyps, or muscle tension dysphonia
  • Laryngectomy: education and treatment pre- and post-surgery, including use of tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis (TEP), esophageal speech, and electrolarynx
  • Head and Neck Cancer: treatment of associated speech/swallow disorders including preventative stretching/strengthening exercises, trismus, and fibrosis; additionally addresses cognitive impact of chemotherapy such as cognitive fatigue or cognitive impairment commonly known as “chemo brain”
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication: evaluation and training of non-verbal communication methods such as high-tech speech generating devices (SGDs) or low-tech methods such as picture boards
  • Voice Banking: for patients with progressive communication disorders resulting in complete loss of speech (such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), the recording of speech and integration including alternative communication devices
  • Percutaneous Gastronomy Tube (PEG): feeding tube weaning, concurrent comfort feeding, nutritional consultation registered dietician licensed in oncology

Advanced Techniques

therapist and young girlOur speech-language pathologists are able to offer you standard treatments as well as more advanced techniques, such as:

  • LSVT LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment): An intensive protocol designed to treat the voice and speech impairments in persons with Parkinson’s disease
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on therapy including circumlaryngeal massage
  • Lingwaves: Use of specialized voice measurement program to obtain acoustic parameters of speech
  • Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI): Device which measures tongue strength and endurance to provide biofeedback during therapy as well as objective measurement of improvement
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS): Radiologic evaluation to assess oral an pharyngeal stages of swallowing and guide diet and strategy recommendations
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES): Evaluation of swallowing using a specialized endoscope inserted into the nasal cavity to assess the pharyngeal phase of swallowing without use of radiation or barium
  • Head and Neck Lymphedema Manual Drainage: Therapeutic technique to reduce the swelling of lymph nodes which can occur with cancer treatment

Group Therapy

  • Monthly Parkinson’s Group: Addressing the voice, cognitive, and speech-language difficulties which may occur with Parkinson’s Disease. There is no charge for this class. Please contact 508-363-6205 for details.
  • Weekly Cognitive Group for Cancer Patients: Addressing the cognitive impacts of cancer therapy such as “chemo brain” and cognitive fatigue. There is no charge for this service. Please contact Jayme at 508- 363-6805 for details.
  • Monthly Stroke Group: A monthly support group combined with targeted cognitive tasks geared towards patients different ability levels. There is no charge for this service. Please contact 508-363-6205 for details.

Learn More

To learn more about speech-language pathology services offered at Saint Vincent Hospital or to schedule an appointment after obtaining an order from your doctor, please contact us as below. Please note speech-language pathology services are only currently available at our main location.

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