Speech and Hearing Program
The Speech Pathology staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is trained and licensed to treat patients with a broad range of communication and/or swallowing impairments that result from a disability, surgery or developmental disorder.
Diagnostic Evaluations and Therapeutic Interventions
Experienced, licensed speech-language pathologists provide diagnostic evaluations for all ages (infants through geriatrics) with regard to difficulties with:
- expressive or receptive language
Therapeutic intervention is then implemented at our outpatient facility based on the evaluation results.
Modified Barium Swallow Study with Video Fluoroscopy
A Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is a diagnostic test for patients with swallowing disorders. This test is performed by a Speech Pathologist and Radiologist. This test is used to determine the degree of swallowing difficulties a person has, and allows the Speech Pathologist to recommend an appropriate and safe diet, and compensatory or therapeutic strategies. Therapeutic intervention is then implemented at our outpatient facility based on the evaluation results.
Speech Pathology Programs
Our speech-language pathology staff is continuously developing and expanding programs that are offered to the public, hospital staff and our patients. Following is a sample of what we provide.
Patients who have been diagnosed with any of the following as a result of Cerebral Vascular Disease (CVA) are eligible to take advantage of this program:
The group meets monthly in the evenings in a comfortable, private setting.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease, which affects the muscles involved in speaking and eating/swallowing.
As a member of the ALS multidisciplinary team, the speech-language pathologist provides feeding/swallowing and communication evaluations.
Strategies to compensate for speech and/or swallowing difficulties are provided. The ALS clinic is held twice monthly.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is a type of therapy designed to treat voice and/or speech problems in patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders.
Members of our speech pathology department are trained and certified to administer this type of treatment.
Vital Stim Therapy
Vital Stim Therapy is a non-invasive therapy that uses electrical current to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing while the speech pathologists help the patient to “re-educate” the muscles with specific exercises.