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Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide individual treatments to increase communication skills such as articulation, language, fluency, voice, reading comprehension, written expression, and social communication skills.

The SLP may train patients in the use of adapted computers or communication devices, known as augmentative or alternative communication (AAC). SLPs also address cognition, which includes attention, processing, organization of thoughts, problem solving and memory.

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

Siskin Hospital's team of speech-language pathologists includes 14 SLPs (with full-time, one part-time and as-needed SLPs) who serve on specialized and diagnosis-specific teams. 

Inpatient and outpatient SLPs work collaboratively, 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.

Siskin Hospital has SLPs who are certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT Loud). LSVT Loud is the primary research-based approach for treating voice and speech disorders for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. One of these LSVT-Loud clinicians facilitates the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, which meets monthly at Siskin Hospital

Learn more about LSVT.

Learn about the Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

Siskin Hospital's SLPs have been trained in Supported Conversation for Aphasia, which enables therapists to show family members many different ways to help with communication. In addition, we have multiple SLPsSLP who are  Certified Brain Injury Specialists.

Siskin Hospital also offers a comprehensive in-house Center for Swallowing which includes instrumental evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

The Speech-Language Pathology Department provides on-site instrumental evaluation of swallowing using Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS). These studies help the SLP diagnose your swallowing condition, make recommendations for diet textures and strategies, enable individualized treatment targets to meet your goals, and assist in appropriate referrals. We have SLPs who are trained in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES, also known as VitalStim). Additionally, we have SLPs trained in the use of myofascial release for the treatment of tight muscles, which can be used to address the effects of head and neck cancer/radiation. We use biofeedback along with other evidence-based practices to address swallowing problems (also known as dysphagia).

Our inpatient SLPs serve patients in our therapeutic dining program, with dining areas on every unit. With this program, we are able to provide patients with dysphagia a supervised area to eat, advance diet consistencies to normal, and work on generalizing strategies for safer swallowing.

More information on speech-language therapy at Siskin Hospital.

Learn more about the Center for Swallowing Disorders at Siskin Hospital.