Speech-language pathologists are healthcare professionals educated and trained to evaluate and treat patients of all ages who experience speech, language, and/or swallowing problems. These problems can occur from birth or be a result of an illness, accident or disease. Patients may present with any of the following:
- Articulation disorders (developmental articulation deficits, apraxia, dysarthria)-difficulty producing sounds correctly.
- Language disorders - comprehending spoken or written language, as well as communicating thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
- Aphasia – language deficit caused by stroke, brain injury, drug use, or illness that inhibits a person’s ability to comprehend and/or use language.
- Voice disorders – due to abuse, misuse, or laryngeal pathologies.
- Cognitive-Communication disorders – deficits involving attention, memory, or problem-solving.
- Feeding/Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
A Variety of Services and Settings
Our department provides services in a variety of settings through partnerships with local agencies, such as local school districts, head start programs, birth-to-three programs, home health agencies, local area hospitals, long term care facilities, and a local mental health agency. Our speech-language pathologists are also trained in several specialized treatment programs such as:
- Vitalstim therapy – external neuromuscular stimulation treatment designed for patient’s who present with swallowing disorders.
- Videostroboscopy with rigid endoscopy
- Thermal stimulation
- Summer Speech and Language Clinic
- Modified Barium Swallow Studies
- Speech Language Pathologists
War Memorial Hospital employs Speech-Language Pathologists who hold a master’s degree and have been awarded their Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech and Hearing Association.
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