Treating Speech Disorders
Speech therapy at Palmdale Regional Medical Center can help improve quality of life through evaluation, treatment and management of patients who have disorders of speech, voice, language, cognition, memory or swallowing.
The speech therapy staff interacts with medical professionals of many disciplines, including neurosciences, otolaryngology, radiology, gerontology, oncology and general medicine. Speech therapy services are provided to outpatients and hospitalized patients. Through their clinical expertise and core values of compassion and respect, speech therapy staff continually demonstrate their firm commitment to providing high quality care for patients.
Speech therapy can benefit people with acquired difficulty in speech, language, memory, cognition and swallowing secondary to:
- Stroke (CVA)
- Brain tumor
- Neurological conditions
- Neuromuscular disease
- Head and neck surgery
Specific disorders treated include:
- Voice disorders
Speech Therapy Services
We provide comprehensive evaluative, preventative and rehabilitative services to patients who have communicative, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Staff members create and implement an individualized treatment plan for each patient that focuses on re-establishing functional and reliable communication.
Treatment goals may also address specific deficits through a variety of treatment techniques. Patients with swallowing disorders are seen for a comprehensive evaluation, which may include a videofluorographic swallowing study to achieve safe swallowing, followed by swallowing treatment and diet modification, as needed.
The licensed professional staff of the Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute includes:
- Clinical manager
- Speech and language therapists
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Occupational therapy assistants
The clinical staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center includes speech-language pathologists who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Graduate students majoring in speech-language pathology may also provide clinical services under direct supervision from clinical staff.