Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy

“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 (SLPs) is ready to help you with your specific needs to maximize your recovery.

Stroke, brain injury and disease can have devastating effects on communication. SLPs 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 (or clarity)
  • 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  

Siskin Hospital’s team of speech-language pathologists serve on specialized and diagnosis-specific teams. Inpatient and outpatient SLPs work collaboratively in the same department, which helps with the transition from inpatient therapy to outpatient therapy.

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 (AAC) and speech generating systems.

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.

Some of Siskin Hospital’s SLPs are certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (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.

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

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).

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

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.

Admission Guidelines

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

  • Cleveland
  • Downtown Chattanooga, Main campus
  • East Brainerd at Panorama Drive
  • Hixson

Ask your doctor for a prescription for a speech-language/cognitive or swallowing evaluation with an SLP. Physician orders can be faxed to 634-4578, or you may call 634-1400 to find out more about how to obtain an appointment with a speech-language pathologist.

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.

To set up an appointment, please call 423.634.1400 or Fax 423.634.4578. For additional information about Siskin’s Speech Pathology Services, email SLP@SiskinRehab.org.

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