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Speech-Language Pathology

Patients at Brooks work with speech-language pathologists to regain speaking and swallowing ability.

Brooks Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat individuals of all ages—in both inpatient and outpatient settings—who have speech, language, voice or swallowing disorders resulting from disease, injury or birth defects. The primary areas of focus in this therapy include treating deficits in verbal expression or understanding of language, poor articulation, weak or disordered voice and decreased attention and concentration.

Adult speech services may focus on re-establishing the ability to communicate functionally with others, cognition or swallowing. If the communication deficits are severe, the treatment may turn to creating compensatory strategies to communicate or to alternative and augmentative communication systems.

Pediatric speech-language pathology is a specialized field that focuses on the treatment of children who need a diverse range of assistance to help them become functional communicators within their environment.

In the final component of speech-language pathology, we provide family training and counseling to improve patient and family interaction and help the patient achieve maximum recovery of communication, cognitive or swallowing skills.

In order to ensure that we offer the best and latest treatment options, Brooks has ongoing research in the field of speech-language pathology. VitalStim Therapy, for example, is a technique that uses mild electrical stimulation to neck muscles to improve swallowing disorders.

All Brooks speech-language pathologists have a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology and are certified members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).