AtSouthwest Rehabilitationour services include the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program, Stroke Rehabilitation, Vital Stim, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice Treatment, Swallowing Therapy, and much more.
Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art technique that provides a magnified, slow-motion view of your vocal cords in action. It enables physicians to make an accurate diagnosis of conditions and diseases of the vocal cords, including masses or lesions, abnormal motion, inflammation, broken blood vessels, scarring and other disorders.
A doctor makes a small hole in the rear of your stoma leading to the esophagus. Once this puncture heals, a prosthesis is fitted and inserted into the opening. To speak, you occlude (cover) the stoma with your thumb or finger and simply force air through the prosthesis into the esophagus. This air movement vibrates the walls of the esophagus and you can create sounds and words
A flexible endoscope is a machine that consists of a long tube and a camera. During this examination the device is passed through one of your nasal passages to the back of the throat where passage of food and drink can be observed.
A modified barium swallow (MBS) is a special x-ray that allows the doctor, called a radiologist who specializes in using x-rays, to check problems and the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to identify why you have trouble swallowing.
Augmentative communication is an alternative way to help people with problems speaking. Devices such as computers or hand held devices can be ordered through your insurance company. Picture communication systems can also be made for those that can not operate a commuter.
When the upper airway is damaged or doesn’t allow enough air to pass through to the lungs, some individuals are provided with tracheostomy tubes via a surgical procedure. We are able to assist patients with reducing speech and swallowing issues related to the presence of the tracheostomy tube. Assistance may include fitting of a speaking
After a head injury, thinking and problem solving can be affected. These skills are often referred to as executive functioning; planning, forethought, reasoning, remembering, sequencing, etc.
The goals of swallowing therapy are to reduce food and or liquids from going down the air pipe, make it easier to eat and swallow, and help you get the nutrition you need to stay healthy.
The LMRVT program is perfect for patients with a hoarse vocal quality. It is a step-by-step program perfect for the person whose voice feels strained and/or over-used.
Vital Stimulation involves the placement of electrodes along the neck wall. A current is introduced in an effort to stimulate the muscles of the swallow mechanism.
Individuals suffering from a Stroke often experience word finding problems, slurred speech, memory issues, and sometimes difficulty communicating basic wants and needs…
The LSVT program is an intense 1 hour a day, 4 week course that teaches people with Parkinson’s and other individuals with neurological impairments to develop the strength required to speak at normal loudness levels….