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Speech Pathology Clinic


The mission of the WRNMMC Speech Pathology Clinic is to provide high-quality, patient-centered consultations, evaluations and treatment of speech / language / cognitive disorders, voice disorders and swallowing / feeding disorders for adult and pediatric patients.
The Speech Pathology Clinic serves active-duty service members, TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Plus beneficiaries, and special program referrals. Both inpatient and outpatient populations are served using a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment. Initial access to the Speech Pathology Clinic is by referral or consult.

Services
  • Communication Disorder Assessment and Treatment

These are available in the areas of articulation / phonology, fluency / rate of speech, and language (both receptive and expressive), which may include aphasia, language learning disability, dysarthria, apraxia, or stuttering/cluttering. Pragmatics, or social speech disorders, is also addressed.

  • Feeding / Swallowing Assessment

Subjective clinical evaluations as well as objective instrumental swallowing evaluations are offered. Instrumental swallow evaluations offered are Modified Barium Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES).

  • Cognitive-Communication

Assessment and treatment cognitive evaluation and therapy is offered to include deficits in memory, planning/organizational skills, and task monitoring. Such deficits can be caused by varied etiologies to include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and stroke.

  • Voice Disorders

Voice treatment is coordinated with Otolaryngology to provide assessment and treatment of dysphonia and aphonia. Perceptual and acoustic voice measures are obtained along with laryngeal videostroboscopy evaluation of the vocal folds. Special voice therapy programs are offered such as the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) program for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) /Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (PVFM)

A multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment of VCD/PVFM is used, including Pulmonology, Otolaryngology, Allergy and Behavioral Health clinics.

  • Accent Modification / Reduction and Transgender Voice Training

Although accent is not considered a speech disorder, this clinic provides limited evaluation and therapy to address accent modification / reduction when the active-duty military member’s job performance is negatively impacted.

  • Fitness for Duty Communication Evaluation

Consults are accepted from military medical boards or physicians to evaluate a military applicant’s articulation / fluency / voice upon request. The clinic also provides support to military medical boards for assessments in the areas

  • Inpatient Services

Inpatient referrals typically address communication and swallowing or feeding difficulties, though all services offered by this clinic are available for inpatients.

  • In-Services

Education is offered in the areas of assessment and treatment for all hospital medical staff.

  • Special Team-Approach Services (multidisciplinary teams)

Traumatic Brain Injury Team

Craniofacial Team

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Clinic

NICU High Risk Clinic

Trauma Team

ALS Team

 

Contact

Location
America Building, 5th Floor

Phone
Front Desk: (301) 295-7820/7840

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
0730 - 1600

Hearing Aid Lab Hours
M- TH 0800 - 1100 and 1300 - 1500
(Closed Friday)