Speech and Language Pathology

Levindale’s speech language pathologists promote increased independence and quality of life. They conduct evaluations and provide treatment geared toward helping patients in various areas that impact daily tasks, including:

  • Comprehension
  • Articulation/pronunciation
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  • Thought organization
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Orientation
  • Swallowing

Our speech language pathologists work with the interdisciplinary team to diagnose and treat various disorders that affect daily cognitive-communication and swallowing skills. They carry a number of specialty certifications, including those from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and VitalStim, and Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Loud certification.

We also provide specialty services for objective assessments of swallowing, including:

  • Modified barium swallow studies: Available to inpatients and outpatients, this assessment allows for the observation of swallowing in real time via X-ray video. Patients are given multiple items of differing consistencies and textures containing barium, which allows the food/drink to be visible via X-ray. The test is relatively quick and non-invasive and allows a speech language pathologist to observe specifics of swallowing function that otherwise cannot be assessed at bedside.
  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES): This assessment is typically done at the inpatient’s bedside. A fiberoptic scope which is passed through the patient’s nasal cavity and into the upper pharynx [throat] is used to view the structures involved with swallowing. During the test, the patient is given a number of items to eat and drink, and the speech language pathologist is able to observe and evaluate the swallowing function.

For more information about our speech and language pathology services, call 410-601-2256.