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Rehabilitation

Speech Therapy

The mission of the Speech/Language Pathology Department, consistent with the mission of St. Mary Medical Center, supports the premise that every individual is entitled to communicate his or her ideas, feelings, wants and needs by utilizing whatever means available and appropriate for that individual via vocal, gestural, or non-vocal augmentative communicative systems. Additionally, we support the premise that nourishment via safe feeding and swallowing is an integral part of all individual rehabilitation and recovery.

Our Speech/Language Pathologists are well experience professionals who work with a variety of communication and feeding/swallowing disorders. Our patient population spans the full spectrum form birth to geriatrics. Our Speech/Language Pathologists see patients in various settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, and outpatient. Our Speech/Language Pathologists have developed a sophisticated feeding/swallowing program, which includes diagnostic evaluation under video fluoroscopy in our Radiology department.

All patients receive comprehensive evaluation, treatment plans with individual goals, patient/family teaching and instruction, and patient family conferences when indicated. Physicians and other referral sources are informed of findings, progress, and need for continued treatment on a regular basis.

Advances in Neurologic Treatments

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are also Certified Brain Injury Specialists that develop individualized treatment plans from advanced assessments to maximize recovery from communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders for individuals who have survived a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or neurologic disorder (Parkinson's).

The Speech Therapy Department utilizes advanced treatment options, such as LSVT LOUD and VitalStim.

LSVT LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment):

LSVT LOUD is a specialized voice therapy conducted by a Certified LSVT Speech-Language Pathologist to increase vocal loudness in a healthy way without straining the vocal cords for individuals living with Parkinson's disease or other neurological conditions that present with:

  • Soft Voice
  • Mumbled Speech
  • Monotone Speech
  • Hoarse Voice

Research has demonstrated improved vocal loudness, speech intelligibility, and increase facial expressions after one month of LSVT LOUD.

 

To contact the outpatient speech therapy department or to schedule an appointment, call 215-710-2589 or 215-710-2223.

Speech therapy outpatient services are offered Monday through Friday.

Please email ddevine1@stmaryhealthcare.org with questions regarding the Speech Therapy program and services.