Speech language pathologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with impairments in communication, cognition, and swallowing due to an injury, illness or disability. The patient’s treatment plan focuses on the improvement of some or all of the following:
- Speech Disorders: Commonly referred to as dysarthria or apraxia, these disorders impact the correct production and sequencing of speech sounds.
- Language Disorders: Commonly referred to as asphasia, this language disorder can impact a patient's ability to talk, understand, read or write.
- Voice Disorders: A treatment plan will be developed to increase the sound and loudness of voice through exercises and techniques. We offer the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program for patients who have impaired voice and communication due to Parkinson’s disease.
- Laryngectomy: Evaluation, treatment, fitting and replacement of a voice prosthesis and/or other communication devices after surgery due to cancer of the throat or vocal cords.
Cognition: Impairments in the areas of orientation, attention, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, perception, information processing and new learning can interfere with a patient's ability to return safely to normal activities. A treatment plan will be developed to increase a patient’s independence in preparation for discharge home.
Swallowing: Commonly referred to as dysphagia, impaired swallowing can alter a person’s ability to eat and drink safely. A swallow evaluation, which may include an x-ray, will be completed to determine the appropriate exercises, swallow strategies and diet recommendations. We offer VitalStim therapy for the treatment of swallowing disorders, dependent upon each individual’s needs.
All of the speech language pathologists at Advocate Christ Medical Center are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of Illinois.