Speech-Language Pathology Therapy

The Queen’s Medical Center Rehabilitation Services provides Speech-Language Pathology Therapy for patients who are hospitalized, called inpatient rehabilitation services, and also in a convenient outpatient clinic setting. Speech-Language Pathology Therapy focuses on a patient’s rehabilitation focusing on treating speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.

Inpatient Speech-Language Pathology Therapy

Our team of highly skilled therapists at The Queen’s Medical Center specializes in acute care rehabilitation for adults, youth and children who are hospitalized due to illness or injury, or who have had surgery such as joint replacement or spinal surgery.

We work with the medical team to improve function and mobility, through individualized therapy, in order for patients to be safely discharged to their home or to another facility. Caregiver training is also provided to support the family or caregiver once the patient is discharged from Queen’s.

Inpatient Physical Therapy is provided in various areas of the hospital, from the emergency room to the intensive care area, or on one of many acute care floors of the medical center, and include:

  • Augmentative and assistive communication devices
  • Language and cognition evaluation and treatment
  • Muscle weakness treatment for swallowing and speech disorders
  • Swallowing evaluations and treatments including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Modified Barium Swallow examinations

Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology Therapy

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Services team works closely with their inpatient colleagues and with patients’ physicians to evaluate patient needs and develop a personalized plan for each individual. The clinical specialty-trained staff utilizes a patient-centric methodology that prioritizes patient access to therapists and provides one-on-one care, typically with the same therapist, throughout a patient’s therapy.

Therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage conditions to achieve long-term health benefits, and in many cases, avoid expensive surgery, and reduce or eliminate the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Services include:

  • Augmentative and assistive communication
  • Language and cognition
  • Lymphedema therapy for head and neck cancer survivors
  • Modified barium swallow
  • Patient/family/caregiver education
  • Speech
  • Swallowing
  • Voice