Our speech-language pathology team treats adults and children who have problems communicating or swallowing. A variety of conditions can cause these problems. These include:
- Cancer of the face, jaw, tongue or throat
- Neurological disorders like dementia, Parkinson’s disease and stroke
- Voice disorders like singer’s nodes, irritable larynx syndrome and vocal cord dysfunction or paralysis
- Swallowing disorders like difficulty chewing, feeling that food is stuck in the throat, and coughing or choking when eating or drinking
What to Expect from Speech-Language Pathology
Treatment depends on your condition. If you have head and neck cancer, our therapists can treat reduced jaw opening, impaired speech, impaired voice quality and impaired swallowing.
If you experience impaired vocal quality, pitch, strength, volume or vocal fatigue, we look at your voice and lifestyle factors. We customize a treatment plan using biofeedback, compensatory strategies and vocal exercises to restore or enhance your voice.
We also improve your ability to swallow. We teach specific exercises and ways to make swallowing as safe as possible. We work with dietitians to help you maintain proper nutrition and hydration.
We work with your entire team of physicians and providers to help you achieve your best possible results. If your doctor recommends occupational therapy or physical therapy, or you are in our Cancer Rehabilitation Program, we can coordinate these services so it is convenient for you.