The speech-language pathologists of NewYork-Presbyterian's Rehabilitation Medicine Department work mostly with adult and geriatric patients with impairments of the neurological system either on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Units or occasionally as outpatients at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
Speech therapy focuses on memory, attention, comprehension (auditory and reading), expression (verbal and written), word finding, weakness of the facial musculature, speech production, and voice. The program is enhanced with high technology computer programs and biofeedback games. The speech-language pathologist coordinates this care with the patient's other rehabilitation medicine specialists.
Speech-language pathologists also work with individuals with swallowing difficulty, medically termed dysphagia. We offer expert evaluations and therapeutic intervention including recommendations about diet texture, meal-time management and safety, compensatory strategies, and follow-up care. We have access to the institution's state-of-the-art instrumental evaluation studies such as Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) or video fluoroscopy and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) as well as an EMG Biofeedback modality for treatment.
Using various compensatory strategies and treatment techniques, the speech-language pathologist helps patients to be the best and most effective communicator that they can be and to function as independently as possible.
For more information regarding speech therapy, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.