Our speech therapists work with patients to help improve their ability to speak, listen, read, write, organize and solve problems. Speech therapy can be especially helpful for patients whose abilities are impaired because of a stroke or head injury, those who suffer from speech impairments such as stuttering, patients who have suffered a hearing loss and those with a mental disability or a condition such as cerebral palsy.
On an outpatient basis, we provide treatment to help those who suffer from a variety of conditions, including:
- Brain Injury
- Cognition deficits
- Delayed Language/Articulation
- Dysphagia (inability to swallow or difficulty swallowing)
- Visual perception difficulties
- Reading comprehension difficulties
For patients who have swallowing problems, we can perform a barium swallow study to diagnose the cause of the problem and provide treatment. Through individualized treatment programs, our speech pathologists may help patients improve their quality of life and regain the ability to enjoy normal eating and drinking. Speech therapy services can also provide evaluation and treatment of voice dysfunction.
The Voice Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Our speech language pathology services are enhanced by the recent opening of The Voice Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. The center includes computerized laryngeal videostroboscopy, an advanced technology for the evaluation of voice disorders.
Laryngeal videostroboscopy provides valuable information concerning the nature of vibration, an immediate image of the presence or absence of pathology and a permanent record of the vocal fold condition. By using this special instrumentation, it is possible to view in magnified slow motion the vibratory pattern of the vocal folds. This enables us to greatly expand our diagnostic testing.
In addition to having this advanced diagnostic tool, laryngeal videostroboscopy also provides the patient with a unique view of his or her voice disorder and enables us to maintain an accurate visual record of the patient’s vocal condition prior to and following any surgical, or medical therapy treatment program. The Voice Center is located on the first floor of the hospital. Staffing includes a certified speech language pathologist with specialized training in videostroboscopy and many additional voice treatment regimes.