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Speech-Language Therapy

Siskin Hospital's Speech-Language Pathology Services


"If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest."
- Daniel Webster


At Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, we know that rehabilitation is more than just physical. Our team of speech-language pathologists is ready to help you with your specific needs to maximize your recovery.

Stroke, brain injury, and disease can have devastating effects on communication. Speech-language pathologists are trained to address a wide range of problems that can interfere with daily interactions, vocational, or educational activities.

These problems may include: 

  • Impaired speech intelligibility
  • Difficulty coming up with words
  • Difficulty understanding what others say
  • Voice problems
  • Difficulty reading
  • Impaired written expression
  • Memory impairment
  • Impaired problem solving
  • Swallowing problems
  • Problems with conversation and social communication
  • Difficulty with planning and organizing

We offer a specialty program to serve patients with Parkinson's Disease. Speech-Language Pathology staff with specialized training implement the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT Loud) for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Learn more about LSVT.

Our evaluation will determine the strengths, as well as the areas to address for recovery and/or compensation of function. In conjunction with the patient and family members, an individualized treatment plan is developed to maximize recovery of communicative participation at home and in the community. For some people, speech is not sufficiently functional to meet his or her needs. In such cases, we can provide assessment for alternative communication systems.

In addition to rehabilitation of communication disorders of adults and children, Siskin Hospital also offers treatment of developmental speech and language disorders. 

Learn more about Siskin Hospital’s Speech-Language Pathology therapy team.

Swallowing Disorders

The ability to eat and drink is not only vital to one's health, it is also one of the great pleasures of life. A disorder of swallowing (dysphagia) is a major concern in rehabilitation because of the risks to the patient, including malnutrition, dehydration, and pneumonia.  Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art treatment of dysphagia.  Please refer to the Swallowing Therapy section for additional information, including the use of Videofluoroscopy and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Learn more about Swallowing Therapy.

Admission Guidelines

We offer both Inpatient and Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology Services. We have three convenient locations for Outpatient Speech Therapy:

  • Cleveland
  • Downtown Chattanooga
  • East Brainerd at Gunbarrel Road

Ask your doctor for a prescription for a speech or swallowing evaluation. We will need some information about your diagnosis and history, in order to best prepare for your treatment. After receiving the physician referral, we will contact you to arrange your initial evaluation/treatment. If you would like to speak with a speech-language pathologist, please call 423.634.1664.

Learn more about Outpatient locations and services.

Additionally, the Speech-Language Pathology Department offers a Communication Skills Group to provide ongoing support to individuals with communication impairments, such as aphasia.

Learn more about the Communication Skills Group.

For additional information about this program or to set up an appointment, please call 423.634.1400 or email (Fax: 423.634.4578)