Speech / Language Pathology Services

St Joseph’s Center for Speech, Swallowing, and Voice Disorders provides a comprehensive variety of treatment modalities for adults and children who are experiencing speech, language, voice and/or swallowing difficulties that frequently develop due to:

  • Developmental Delay/Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Cranial Facial Abnormalities
  • Autism
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • CVA (Stroke)
  • Head Trauma
  • Head/Neck Cancer
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Laryngectomy
  • Tracheotomy

A COMPREHENSIVE TEAM APPROACH

Our speech pathologists are highly skilled and specially trained to assess, diagnose, and treat various communication and swallowing disorders using state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. The speech and language pathologists work in partnership with each patient’s physician, and other health care professionals, to provide the most comprehensive treatment of each person’s communicative and/or swallowing disorder.

New York State Licensed & Certified Speech Language Pathologists are specially trained to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of communication and swallowing.

Voice Disorders

A comprehensive voice evaluation and therapy program is available for both children and adults who are experiencing voice disorders associated with behavioral as well as physiological causes including vocal fold paralysis and laryngectomy.

Delayed Speech

Infants and children with delayed speech and/or language are at increased risk for learning problems later in childhood, such as reading disabilities. It is critical to intervene early so that the risk of future developmental/learning problems might be diminished.

 

Swallowing disorders

The latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology is utilized to access and treat adults as well as infants and children experiencing oral feeding and swallowing difficulties, inclusive of:

  • MBSS (Modified Barium Swallow Studies)
  • FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing)
  • SEMG (Surface Electro-Myography)
  • VitalStim Therapy

Some Symptoms of a Swallowing Disorder May Include:

  • Coughing when eating
  • A feeling that food is getting stuck in the throat while eating
  • Difficulty sucking from a bottle
  • Frequent pneumonia
  • Episodes of malnutrition or dehydration
  • Unexplained weight loss and/or diminished interest in eating
  • Food or texture aversions (children)

For more information on these services, call: 516-520-2500

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Swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognitive disorders can result from a variety of conditions/diseases.   Our team of licensed and certified professionals provides services for people with neurological disorders, developmental delays, cranial facial abnormalities, autism, respiratory disorders, Parkinson’s disease, CVA (stroke), head trauma, head/neck cancers, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), laryngectomy, reflux, and tracheotomy.

Our speech language pathologists work in partnership with each patient’s physician, to provide the most comprehensive treatment of each person’s communicative and/or swallowing disorder.  The speech and swallowing center at St. Joseph is one of the only few on Long Island that offers the latest and most comprehensive evaluation and treatment equipment and techniques such as:

Vital-Stim Swallowing therapy is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy cleared by the food and drug administration for the safe and effective treatment of dysphagia.

(SEMG) Surface electromyography is a non-invasive technique used to evaluate and treat communication and swallowing disorders through the use of physiological data acquisition and biofeedback.

(FEES) Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing is a technique used to evaluate swallowing difficulties by using an endoscope to view laryngeal and pharyngeal structures during both swallowing and non-swallowing tasks.

(MBSS) Modified Barium Swallow Studies are conducted in conjunction with radiology to evaluate swallowing.  It is a fluoroscopic x-ray that allows for the viewing of the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal stages of the swallow.

Visi Pitch is state of the art software used to record the voice and provide visual and auditory feedback for adults and children.

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) is considered the standard treatment for speech and voice disorders resulting from Parkinson’s disease.

PROMPT (Reconstructing Oral Musculature Phonetic Targets) therapy uses touch cues to the patient’s jaw, tongue, and lips to guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence.

AAC (Augmentative/Alternative Communication) devices such as Dynavox and Lingraphica etc are available to trial during an evaluation.

Pediatric evaluation and treatment of:

Articulation and Phonological disorders

Central Auditory processing disorders

Dysfluency (stuttering)

Dysphagia

Expressive & receptive language delay

Food aversions/behavioral feeding disorders

Motor speech disorders (apraxia/dysarthria)

Oral motor dysfunction

Pragmatic language disorders

Voice disorders

 

Adult evaluation and treatment of:

Aphasia

Apraxia

Cognitive linguistic disorders

Dysarthria

Dysfluency

Dysphagia

Dysphonia

For more information please contact the center by calling (516) 627-3036.

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