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Speech-Language Therapy

At Catskill Regional Medical Center, we are proud to provide skilled, comprehensive and evidence-based assessment and treatment of a wide range of speech, language and swallowing disorders for both pediatric and adult clients, in both English and Spanish, in a culturally sensitive environment.

Most commonly we treat patients with the following Speech-Language conditions, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorders, including difficulty chewing, saliva management/drooling)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuromuscular degenerative disorders (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
  • Cancer of head and neck (resulting in laryngectomy, tracheostomy, radiation side effects, etc.)
  • Developmental delay/disorders (speech sound and language delays, developmental apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, autism, social communication difficulties, intellectual impairment, etc.)
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering, cluttering, neurogenic stuttering)
  • Communication difficulties related to hearing loss (in conjunction with an audiologist)

Pediatric clients may benefit from treatment targeting areas such as speech sound production, language development and fluency, which are essential for social and academic success.

Adult clients seeking rehabilitation and treatment for neurogenic or acquired speech, language or swallowing difficulties can find a source for competent and compassionate therapy with our team of speech language pathologists.

Speech-Language Therapy Services

Language Therapy (Adult & Pediatric)

  • Aphasia treatment (producing and understanding spoken and written language)
  • Developmental language treatment (“late talkers” or difficulty using words to communicate)

Speech Sound Production Therapy (Adult and Pediatric)

  • Dysarthria treatment
  • Apraxia treatment
  • Developmental speech sound treatment

Cognitive Skill Training

  • Memory exercises and strategies
  • Information processing and attention drills
  • Self-monitoring, social perception awareness
  • Logic and reasoning- for improved problem solving and planning

Voice Therapy

  • Vocal cord disorders/ENT concerns
  • LSVT for Parkinson’s disease
  • Hoarseness, nodules
  • Laryngectomy, tracheostomy (use of adaptive devices- voice prosthesis, speaking valves)

Swallowing Therapy

In patients with dysphagia, it is essential to understand and evaluate swallowing to ensure that the most appropriate treatment plan is recommended. At Catskill Regional Medical Center, your comfort and safety is our priority. Our team of skilled speech language pathologists will work with you to learn more about your swallowing difficulties in order to plan your treatment.

Video Swallow Function Studies and a Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES) are both safe and objective assessments of swallowing disorders for patients with dysphagia. These procedures allow our speech language pathologists to determine what is happening at the back of your mouth and throat during the swallowing process, which helps us to provide the best rehabilitation plan.

After the procedure, you will learn if certain strategies or positions can help you swallow more efficiently and determine what kinds of food and liquid are the safest for you. These findings help our speech language pathologist develop an individualize treatment plan for you that may include:

  • Exercises to improve swallow function
  • Diet modification recommendations
  • Compensatory strategy training

Fluency Therapy (Adult and Pediatric)

  • Referrals for assistive and adaptive communication (augmentative and alternative communication- AAC)
    • Low- tech and high-tech (computerized) devices
    • Speech producing computerized devices
    • Picture assisted communication

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment – contact us: 845-794-3300