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Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-Language Pathologists work to improve the patient's communication, cognition, and swallowing skills.

Individual and group treatments increase communication skills such as articulation, language, fluency, reading comprehension, and written expression. Cognitive deficits are addressed, including disorientation, confusion, disorganization of thoughts, memory dysfunction, and poor social skills. 

The speech-language pathologist may train patients in the use of adapted computers or communication devices, known more as augmentative or alternative communication.

Siskin Hospital’s speech-language pathologists are all master’s level clinicians with certificates of clinical competence licensed by the State of Tennessee and nationally by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 

Siskin Hospital's team of eight full time speech-language pathologists serve on specialized and diagnosis-specific teams. 

Inpatient and outpatient speech-language pathologists work collaboratively in the same department, which helps with the transition from inpatient therapy to outpatient therapy. Speech-language therapies are also provided at Siskin Hospital's Therapy Services outpatient clinics in East Brainerd and Cleveland.

Learn more about Outpatient Therapy Services.

Five of Siskin Hospital's SLPs are certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT Loud). An LSVT Loud SLP also leads the Siskin Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. LSVT Loud is the primary research-based approach for treating voice and speech disorders for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Learn more about LSVT.

Learn about the Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

All of Siskin Hospital's speech-language pathologists have been trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaulation of Swallowing (FEES), as well as in Supported Conversation for Aphasia, which enables therapists to show family members many different ways to help with communication.   

Additionally, two speech-language pathologists are Certified Brain Injury Specialists, and four are trained in the use of myofascial release for the treatment of tight muscles, mostly due to effects of head and neck cancer/radiation. Six SLPs are trained in VitalStim, a modality that uses electrical stimulation to retrain the muscles needed to complete the swallowing process.

More information on speech-language therapy at Siskin Hospital.