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Speech Therapy

As an integral part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, speech pathologists work with adults who have a variety of speech, communication and swallowing conditions. The main goal of speech therapy is to promote functional communication or achieve safe, effective swallowing that is essential for proper nutrition.
Encompassing more than 9,000-square-feet. the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department is located within the contemporary Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building at 360 Essex Street in Hackensack. The staff is comprised of speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who work in a collaborative rehabilitation effort.
Speech therapy is provided for patients who have experienced brain injuries such as a stroke or head trauma that may result in aphasia,which is difficulty in the expression of language or understanding the written or spoken word. Following a brain injury, patients with problems in reading, writing or memory which are categorized as cognitive deficits, may also benefit from speech therapy treat- ment. Speech Pathologists evaluate and treat patients with these problems by building on strengths and developing strategies to com- pensate for the deficits. Patients with oral muscular weakness may benefit from exercises to improve speech intelligibility.
Accent reduction courses are offered for foreign-bom speakers who have a command of the English language, but would like to improve their English pronunciation skills. Thirteen week, individual or group sessions are available. Course instructional materials provided.
Dysphagia is defined as difficulty in swallowing. Evaluations are administered by speech patholo- gists to determine the cause of the problem and the most appropriate course of treatment. Highly technical swallowing tests include Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and Modified Barium Swallow Studies,which are performed in conjunction with the Radiology Department. Once the severity of the swallowing problem has been determined, therapy is administered to help improve a patient’s swallowing function.
A variety of therapeutic techniques are used by Speech Pathologists to help individuals achieve fluent speech who have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts in stressful situations and stutter.
Videostroboscopy is a highly-advanced diagnostic procedure that is used to thoroughly evaluate vocal cord function. The videostroboscopy equipment enables the team of professionals to visualize the vocal folds in slow motion and detect subtle vocal cord movement that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Once the problem is identified,a speech therapist, using a variety of therapeutic techniques and specialized equipment, such as the Visi-Pitchdevice, assists patients in achieving optimal vocal quality. Typically, teachers, lawyers, public speakers, broadcasters, performing artists and other individuals who experience changes in vocal quality, such as hoarseness, strain and vocal fatigue benefit from videostroboscopy evaluation and voice therapy intervention.
A variety of methods are available for laryn- gectomy patients to achieve vocal expression. Speech pathologists can help patients achieve vocal expression via an electrolmynx, esophageal speech, or tracheoesophageal speech through insertion of a specially-fitted voice prosthesis.
For more information regarding the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, please call 551-996-3830. The hours of operation for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Instructions: Submit completed form to your therapist at the start of your initial visit.

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