Speech Therapy at Doylestown Hospital strives to maximize function and improve the quality of life for individuals whose speech has been impared by stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological disorders.
Speech therapy must be ordered or prescribed by your physician.
After receiving a physician's referral, a Speech Therapist will perform an evaluation of a person's speech, voice, ability to communicate and swallow, and cognitive ("thinking") skills. An treatment program is then individualized based on the person's needs. Therapy involves patient/family teaching and instruction. Individuals with communication problems can relearn speech and language or receive training in the use of various communication devices. People with voice disorders can learn ways to avoid vocal abuse and improve the way their voicees sound. Those with memory loss and other "thinking" difficulties can learn ways to improve their memory and problem solving skills to enable more independent living.
Individuals with swallowing problems can receive a diagnostic assessment of their swallowing disorder through the use of videofluroscopy. The procedure is performed in our Radiology department and can determine what food and liquid textures are best to promote adequate nutrition and reduce a patient's risk of developing pneumonia. People with swallowing problems can then learn exercises and techniques to enable safer swallowing skills.
Advanced treatment options are incorporated into treatment plans in order to maximize recovery. Some of the advanced techniques used include:
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) - a specialized voice therapy program conducted by a certified LSVT speech therapist with the goal of improving vocal loudness for those living with Parkinson's Disease or other neurological conditions. For more information contact Mary Jane Barr-Silk at 215 345-2635.
- VitalStim Swallow Therapy uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation to activate the muscles used in swallowing. It is provided by a VitalStim certified therapist and may be incorporated along with more traditional exercise and techniques to enable safer swallowing skills. For more information contact Deb Moneta Ganter at 215 345-2014.
All Doylestown Hospital Speech Therapists hold a master's degree, are licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They are experienced professionals who hold special certifications in advanced treatment techniques.
To schedule a Speech Therapy appointment, call Central Scheduling at 215 345-2274.