We offer speech therapy and rehabilitation for communication and swallowing disorders for all ages.
Losing the ability to speak or having difficulty swallowing can be a painful side effect of a wide variety of conditions — from a severe cold to throat and neck cancer. Speech-language pathologists are specially trained to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.
We work closely with adults, children and babies struggling with:
- Voice impairment (strained or hoarse voice)
- Swallowing difficulties
- Delayed speech or language development
- Communication problems due to stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, radiation treatments or neurological disease, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or other neurological disorders
All of our speech-language pathologists are licensed by New York State and are nationally certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Whether you are an outpatient, homebound or hospitalized resident at one of our inpatient facilities, we are able to customize treatment for your specific needs.
Speech-language pathologists deal with a wide range of voice disorders. For example, you might develop a hoarse or strained voice from a chronic cold, allergies or overuse of your voice and require therapeutic assistance to regain functioning. People whose jobs involve loud or frequent talking, such as teachers, coaches and singers, may be referred for voice therapy by their ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians.
Voice therapy involves instructing patients through various exercises how to improve the quality and timbre of their voice without putting excess strain on the vocal cords.
Among the specialized programs we incorporate are the Videostroboscopic Voice Evaluation, which uses a small videocamera to examine the vocal cords, and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) program, which helps patients with Parkinson’s disease improve vocal loudness, speech intelligibility and increase facial expression.
Any condition or disease that makes chewing or breathing difficult or that makes tongue movements slow or awkward can impact swallowing. We treat adults as well as premature babies and children with cerebral palsy and other medical conditions.
To determine the nature of a patient’s swallowing problem and to effectively address swallowing safety and comfort concerns, we use the latest radiological and fiberoptic technology to conduct modified barium swallow studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Swallowing Evaluation (FEES).
Both procedures are very well tolerated methods for studying swallowing disorders. For treatment, we offer neuromuscular electrical stimulation of swallowing, including VitalStim®, which when combined with swallowing exercises, accelerates strengthening of the muscle movements essential to swallowing.
Swallowing and Speech Difficulty Resulting from Cancer Treatments
We work in concert with oncology specialists to provide highly specialized services to patients who have undergone surgery and/or radiation treatment to their mouth, head, neck and throat for cancer. Patients who have had their vocal cords removed also benefit from our voice restoration program. Health Quest is the only regional provider of voice prosthetic fitting and training for patients with tracheo-esophageal punctures (TEP).
The Laryngectomy Support Group offers opportunities for individuals facing laryngeal cancer surgery and individuals treated for laryngeal cancer to share their experiences, learn about communication options (electrolarynx and/or voice prosthesis) and participate in community awareness projects. This group is open to family members and caregivers as well. Some members meet with patients facing decisions about their treatment options.
Stroke and Other Neurological Conditions
A stroke can impact communication in a number of ways, including the ability to understand directions and create sentences as well as recall names accurately and quickly. Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease can also make it difficult to speak loudly and clearly.
In addition to working directly with each patient, we make every effort to involve spouses and other caregivers in the communication rehabilitation process since their lives are also impacted by the patient's challenges.
Services for Children
We offer traditional speech therapy to address a child's ability to pronounce sounds and words as well as the ability to effectively use language to express ideas. We also address stuttering. In addition, our speech-language pathologists also work with NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) premature babies and babies born with cleft lips and palates to address their feeding concerns. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (845) 483-7391.