The Speech Pathology and Audiology departments provide comprehensive and innovative diagnostic and rehabilitation services for language or speech and swallowing disorders for people of all ages—infants, toddlers, children and adults.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, inpatient and outpatient services are coordinated with other specialized medical services and community agencies to give every patient the best care available for a wide spectrum of speech, language and swallowing disorders. To read comments from some of our former patients, click here.
The first step is a complete speech, language and/or swallowing evaluation to determine the presence, type and severity of a suspected deficit. A receptive/expressive language evaluation (how language is understood and produced) is performed on stroke patients, adults with neurological deficits, and children with delayed language development in order to assess the following:
- articulation: how well sounds are produced for preschool and school-aged children, and adults whose speech is difficult to understand;
- voice: unusual or poor sounding vocal quality for children and adults with hoarse, breathy or nasal voices;
- fluency: interruption of the normal flow of speech for preschool through adults;
- cognitive: impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness and executive functions, such as planning and problem solving;
- dysphagia: difficulty or pain experienced while swallowing. It affects adults, children and even infants. Dysphagia makes it difficult for people to consume enough calories and fluids to nourish their bodies and maintain a healthy body weight; and,
- craniofacial anomalies: a diverse group of irregularities in bone development of the head and face. These abnormalities are congenital (or present at birth) and vary from mild to severe, and may require surgery.
We no longer service nursing homes or preschool programs. Consultation services are available for agencies in need of speech and audiology services (i.e., nursing homes, preschool programs). In-service programs are available upon request to those concerned with aspects of speech, language, augmentative communication and swallowing disorders.
- Certified teacher of speech and hearing handicapped
- Certificate of Clinical Competency
- Recognized as a Speech and Hearing Center under the Physical Handicapped Children's Program of the NYS Health Department's Bureau of Medical Rehabilitation
- Medicare approved
- Award for Continuing Education
For information, please call 518-475-7075.