Speech-Language Pathology, comprised of physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians and social workers, is an integral part of Physical Rehabilitation, providing comprehensive services to patients of all ages.
Our services assist patients with many different needs including aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia.
We offer cognitive retraining for patients with neurological deficits due to closed-head injury/right hemisphere stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA, stroke). Therapy is provided for memory/recall training, reading/writing instruction, problem-solving and regaining organizational skills for daily living.
The dysphagia team assists patients with swallowing difficulties. Modified barium swallow studies and bedside/clinical assessments identify patients at risk for aspiration. We provide individual and mealtime sessions to normalize swallowing patterns and maintain adequate nutrition.
Patients with vocal nodules, spasmodic dysphonia and vocal cord paralysis are evaluated using computerized analysis. Intervention is provided for improving vocal quality. We also offer services on the Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit.
Barium/Modified Barium Swallow Studies
Swallowing studies are performed in radiology by certified/licensed speech-language pathologists to identify oral/pharyngeal swallowing disorders, including head/neck cancer laryngectomy and neurological deficits.
There are several Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers conveniently located around the region to provide the best possible care for speech therapy patients.
Services are available upon physician referral by calling:
St. Joseph's Hospital (912) 819-2479
Candler Hospital (912) 819-6176