Speech, language and swallowing rehabilitation identifies and optimizes underlying anatomic and physiologic strengths and weaknesses related to communication and swallowing effectiveness. This includes physical functions such as strength, mental functions such as attention as well as components of communication such as articulatory proficiency, fluency, and syntax.
Services are provided by licensed Speech-Language Therapists that hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) certificate of clinical competence (CCC-SLP). All Speech-Language Therapy staff participates in continuing education in order to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and abilities.
Who is speech & swallowing rehabilitation for?
Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Health offers a comprehensive range of speech and swallowing services for individuals from school age through geriatrics. Evaluation and treatment services are available for:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Neuromuscular speech disorders resulting from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other conditions
- Geriatric-related conditions (patient/family education and counseling for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia)
- Speech and language disorders
Other Speech and Swallowing Conditions:
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia, aspiration)
- Voice disorders
- Articulation disorders
What does speech & swallowing rehabilitation involve?
Our Speech-Language Therapists evaluate the specific needs of each patient and select a technique or a combination of techniques to serve the individual’s needs. Techniques can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Articulation and voice improvement
- Aphasia/Language therapy
- Cognitive retraining for memory and attention as well as organizing and planning
- Computer aided speech or alternative non-vocal communication
- Swallowing therapy
- Patient and family education
How long will speech & swallowing rehabilitation take?
It will vary by person. The evaluation is typically 1 hour long. Follow up visits are about 45 minutes. The average course of treatment ranges from 4-12 weeks, often at a frequency of 2 to 3 visits per week. Your therapist will discuss your individual plan of care with you after the evaluation.
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