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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech and language pathology (SLP) specializes in speech, language, swallowing and/or other cognitive-communication disorders. The SLP department is an active part of the multidisciplinary treatment team and provides intervention where there is evidence of these disorders. Speech-Language therapists at the Bluebonnet Medical Rehab Clinic utilize treatment modalities to help individuals achieve optimal levels of functioning and improve quality of life.

Evaluation

Provided by ASHA certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and may address the following:

  • Cognition, including attention, memory, organization, problem solving, sequencing,
    executive functioning
  • Swallowing and safe eating: bedside evaluation and/or modified barium swallow study
    when appropriate
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Social Communication
  • Oral-peripheral examination of structures and function
  • Speech: articulation and/or phonology, fluency and voice
  • Hearing screening when appropriate

Modified Barium Swallow Studies

Modified Barium Swallow Studies, (MBSS) are completed in conjunction with the physician to evaluate a patient’s swallowing and breathing processes. Recommendations regarding the safety of oral feeding and diet are made.

Therapeutic Treatment

Individual therapy may focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognitive Therapy

May include basic orientation; attention training; use of tools to aid in memory, organization and planning skills; functional problem solving; increase in awareness of errors and community adjustment.

  • Language Therapy

Addresses delayed language development or acquired language disorders with emphasis on increasing overall comprehension of language, ability to express or communicate needs and the effective use of language during social interactions.

  • Speech Therapy

Addresses a number of speech conditions and difficulties. May also treat disorders of resonance, vocal quality, pitch, intensity, rate, fluency, and rhythm of speech.

  • Dysphagia Therapy

May include taste/temperature stimulation, use of electrical stimulation, trial feedings and diet modifications.

  • Augmentative Communication

May include the development of an alternate communication system such as gestures, signs, yes/no cards, picture boards, computerized system or speech generating device to enable the individual to express wants/needs and interact with others.

Speech Language Pathology Services Program
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