Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology Treatment Services

If you have trouble with your voice, communication, cognition or swallowing, a speech language pathologist will help you understand your condition and/or improve your abilities. Speech-Language Pathology may greatly improve an individual’s quality of life by providing tools and training for communication, and by ensuring the ability to safely eat and drink — in an effort to prevent life threatening aspiration pneumonia.

Speech language pathology provides evaluations and treatment for swallowing problems which include video swallow, speech and voice problems as well as cognitive dysfunction. The most common conditions or diagnoses that our speech language pathology patients experience, include:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vocal cord nodules
  • Post surgery recovery
  • Speech delays

Our program provides identification, prevention, relief and rehabilitation of disorders of speech, voice swallowing, language and cognition.

Conditions Treated With Speech Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Speech Disorders

Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently and can be caused by a variety of factors including developmental delay, stroke or other types of brain injury or neurological conditions.

Voice Disorders

Voice disorders occur when the pitch, loudness or quality calls attention to itself rather than to what the speaker is saying. It is also a problem when the speaker experiences pain or discomfort when speaking or singing. There are a variety of causes of a voice problem which can include paralysis of a vocal fold, misuse of the voice (talking too loudly, improper breath pattern, smoking, etc) which can lead to edema, vocal nodules or polyps.

Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Language Disorders

Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.

Communication Disorders

Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

In general, we encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing to their therapy sessions. If you are coming straight from work or on your way to work, you can bring whatever you like to wear with you and change here if needed.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

For your first visit you will need your insurance card and prescription from your doctor. If you have any operative reports, MRI or X-ray results, you may bring those as well, but they are not necessary. Additionally, if you are using any type of brace, splint, or crutches, those should come with you.

How long is each session?

Generally, sessions can last between 30 minutes to an hour.

How often should I attend?

During your initial evaluation, your therapist will be able to tell you the optimal frequency to come, in accordance with your diagnosis, physician's plan of care and insurance coverage.

Will my insurance cover therapy?

Most insurance companies do cover these services, but coverage varies. Depending on what insurance you have, coverage may be dependent on a physiciall referral. We suggest you call your insurance company before hand to see if you require a referral.

Should you have any questions about your stay at Orange Regional Medical Center or about planning to visit a family or friend who is a patient, do not hesitate to contact us at 845-333-1000.