A Little About Me and This Blog

I have been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) since 1987. I am a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. I have worked in the states of New York, Hawaii and Florida. I am currently in New York State. I have worked in settings that include public schools, special education preschools, hospitals, adult day treatment programs, home health rehabilitation, early intervention and preschool homebased therapy. I have provided evaluation and therapy to people ranging in age from 6 months to 100 years. I have worked with a wide range of conditions and treatments including fluency, aphasia, apraxia, voice disorders, dysphagia, cleft palate, hearing impairment, articulation delay, language delay, augmentative/alternative communication, autism, and many others through the years.
The purpose of this Blog is to share information and answer questions that you may have. I will strive to provide the correct information to the best of my professional knowledge. I may not share the same professional opinion as other licensed speech pathologists and I encourage second opinions if you want to be as informed as possible.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Who Can Speech Pathologists Help?

     Many people do not realize how many disorders and conditions a speech pathologist can treat.  I will provide a list of general categories and some specific conditions that can benefit from therapy. I am mixing the medical conditions as well as the things they cause in the same categories at times. Some conditions fit in more than one category. This is not a complete list, but it should give you a good idea of the many people that can be helped by a speech pathologist.  The links on the terms will take you to the American Speech and Hearing Association Website (ASHA ) for definitions and specific ways a Speech Pathologist can be involved with each disorder. Feel free to go to this site to look up any disorders that I did not include links for. I know I am forgetting many conditions, but this is quite a few!

     These conditions affect the sound of the Voice in either pitch, volume or quality.  Speech Pathologists never treat voice disorders until a person has been evaluated by an ENT. Voice therapy alone or in combination with surgical treatment may be recommended for the following:
     Vocal Nodules, Cysts or Polyps; Laryngeal Cancer/Laryngectomee; Spasmodic Dysphonia; Vocal Fold (cord) Paralysis; Voice Quality Disorder (pitch, volume, nasal quality);Vocal fold nodules; Vocal Hyperfunction (misuse); ALS; Laryngeal Papillomas; Vocal Fold Scarring; Glottic (vocal fold) and Subglottic Web;

     Speech disorders affect the ability to produce speech through the correct placement and movement of the articulators. 
     Apraxia; Childhood Apraxia of Speech; Sound Disorders; Dysarthria; Oral Cancer; Huntington's, Down Syndrome; Stroke; Accent Modification; Cleft Lip and PalateSelective Mutism; Stuttering (dysfluency); Cerebral Palsy...

     Disorders of language affect a person's ability to understand or express words, ideas, vocabulary, grammar, directions.
     Developmental Language Delay; Aphasia; Traumatic Brain Injury; Stroke; English as a Second Language; Auditory Processing Disorder; Down syndrome; Autism...

     This category includes people who require augmentative or alternative methods of communication due to inability to use speech. Often uses low and high tech methods in combination. 
     Hearing Impairment;  Cerebral Palsy;  ALS; Ventilator & Tracheostomies; Stroke;

   This category includes people who have difficulty swallowing or eating orally for a variety of reasons. Dysphagia is the term for a disorder with swallowing.
     Infant feeding delays; Stroke;  ALS;

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