Professionals in speech/language pathology assist people who have a variety of communication and swallowing problems resulting from stroke and other neurologic conditions, including Parkinson's disease, ALS, dementia, and cancer. Speech pathologists also treat people with conditions such as stuttering, deafness (lip reading), pronunciation problems, husky voices or voices that become tired at the end of the day. Speech pathologists work with otorhinolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists), neurologists, psychologists and other physicians to improve speech capabilities for adults.
Services include assessment of speech, language and swallowing skills, speech/language and cognitive therapy, swallowing therapy, voice restoration after laryngectomy and tracheotomy, modified barium swallow studies and fiberoptic swallowing evaluation. Speech pathologists work closely with the physicians in the Penn Center for Voice.
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