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What is the Role of Speech Pathology in the Care of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer?

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is a specialist who helps educate patients and their families about ways to minimize the effects of head and neck cancer and  provides treatment when speech and swallowing skills become impaired.

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, in one of the the major side effects of chemo and/or radiation treatment.  Including a SLP in […]

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How Do I Fix Slurred Speech? Gum Chewing…Are you kidding me?!

Slurred speech, also known as dysarthria, is a condition that results from impaired movement of the muscles used for speech production, including the lips, tongue, vocal folds, and/or diaphragm.  Common causes of dysarthria include such neurological disorders as a stroke, Parkinson, brain injury, tumor and conditions that cause facial paralysis (eg. Bells Palsy).

When the muscles […]

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Feeding Problem or Just a Picky Eater?

Identifying a feeding problem is not easy. There is neither an accepted definition nor classification system.  What is accepted is the need for early recognition and treatment to prevent simple feeding problems from becoming pervasive or resistant to treatment.

 

Separating a feeding problem from a “picky eater” starts with talking with your pediatrician about your concerns.  […]

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What is Spaced Retrieval and How Does It Help People with Memory Impairments ?

Spaced-Retrieval (SR) is a memory intervention that gives individuals practice at successfully recalling information over progressively longer intervals of time. The ultimate goal is for the individual to retain important information for very long periods. Therapists can use Spaced-Retrieval (SR) to attain treatment goals by helping individuals to remember compensatory strategies such as using a […]
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Summer Speech Therapy with Southwest Rehabilitation

Summer break is almost here! For many students who receive speech/language services, the break from school also means a break in treatment. Summer speech therapy may be just what your child needs to help build upon and carryover their skills when school is not in session. During […]

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How Can Playing the Didgeridoo Help?

Do you, or someone you know, have sleep apnea ? If so, then the Didgeridoo Club might just be for you! Beginners to more advanced club members meet once a month to learn the basics about playing the Didgeridoo.  We listen to famous Didgeridoo players and break […]

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Summer Speech Therapy for School-Aged Children

Summer break is almost here! For many students who receive speech/language services, the break from school also means a break in treatment. Summer speech therapy may be just what a child needs to help build upon and carryover their skills when school is not in session. During summer break, parents can help their children maintain […]

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What is Myofascial Release and Why is it Beneficial?

When patients come to our office with complaints of pain with voice or swallowing, the first question asked, “Is it a sore throat or muscle pain?” A sore throat is usually an indication of a virus, bacterial infection or irritation from acid refluxed from the stomach and treatable. With muscle pain, however, the use of […]

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Speech Pathologists Address Reading Delay in School-Aged Children

According to the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress, 31% of the 4th graders and 24% of 8th graders demonstrate “below basic” reading skills.  These students are said to have difficulty with inferences, understanding new words in text and drawing conclusions from what is read.  As a result, these students have a high risk of […]

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