Speech-Language Therapy (Inpatient)

If you're hospitalized and having difficulty communicating or swallowing, your doctor may recommend speech therapy. Our skilled and supportive speech therapists will help you regain or improve your speaking ability. After you get out of the hospital, your doctor may want you to continue seeing a speech therapist on an outpatient basis.

What's a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech therapists, also called speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, have the training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your ability to speak, understand language, or swallow.

What to Expect

During your first visit, your speech therapist will do a comprehensive assessment that checks:

  • Your ability to understand language
  • The way you speak and whether your speech is clear
  • Your thinking skills and memory
  • The quality of your voice
  • Your swallowing ability

Personalized Care Plan

Partner with your speech therapist to create a care plan that fits your goals and needs. Depending on your condition, your therapist may recommend:

  • Articulation therapy
  • Augmentative and/or alternative communication methods
  • Exercises
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Language intervention activities
  • Positions or strategies to help you swallow more easily

Swallowing Assessments

If you have trouble swallowing—or if you cough, choke, or have trouble chewing when you eat—count on your speech therapist to diagnose your condition. 

Benefit from the use of advanced technology, such as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow that uses a camera to show you and your doctor how well your throat works.

Other swallowing tests can determine:

  • If the food you eat goes into your airway instead of the stomach
  • Which parts of your mouth or throat aren’t working as they should
  • The types of foods that are safe for you
  • If different positions make it easier for you to swallow

Speech Therapy for Children

Your child may benefit from speech-language therapy if he or she experiences:

  • Speech disorder – Difficulty making sounds
  • Language disorder – Difficulty understanding or communicating
  • Feeding or swallowing disorders – Problems eating or drinking

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