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Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

At the Hearing and Speech Center, our licensed speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children and adults who have difficulty with swallowing and communication due to hearing loss, developmental delays, head and neck cancer, neurological impairment (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease) and voice disorders.

When assessing patients, our specialists consider medical, physical, psychological, cultural and social factors along with other relevant details that may contribute to the communication and swallowing issues.

Speech pathologist services include:

  • Assessment of communication impairments due to articulation and phonological delays or disorders, language delays or disorders, oral-motor impairment, hearing impairment, cleft palate, aphasia (disorder resulting from damage to parts of brain responsible for language)
  • Evaluation of swallow function through a modified barium swallow study 
  • Comprehensive treatment of speech/language, voice and swallowing disorders

Referral Process

A physician’s prescription is required to schedule an evaluation appointment with a speech pathologist. Prescriptions need to include the reason for referral and diagnosis.

Reasons for referral include:

  • Speech-language evaluation – concerns related to articulation (sound production) or language organization and use
  • Voice evaluation – a diagnosis by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor of conditions such as vocal nodules, polyps and paresis (weakness of vocal cords)
  • Modified barium swallow results – concerns regarding swallow function and aspiration risk 

For more information on our speech pathology services, call (718) 470-8910 or (718) 470-4605 (TTY enabled).