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.
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).
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 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.
A multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment of VCD/PVFM is used, including Pulmonology, Otolaryngology, Allergy and Behavioral Health clinics.
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.
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 referrals typically address communication and swallowing or feeding difficulties, though all services offered by this clinic are available for inpatients.
Education is offered in the areas of assessment and treatment for all hospital medical staff.
Traumatic Brain Injury Team
Vocal Cord Dysfunction Clinic
NICU High Risk Clinic