For more information about
Speech Services at
St. Luke's WarrenHealth,
call 908-859-6756, extension 1.
Perhaps you are having problems with speech or language because of a stroke or head injury. Or you may have a child with a speech or language disorder resulting from developmental delays. Our certified speech pathologists provide evaluation and treatment for a number of conditions.
Services are available Monday through Friday 7:30 am until 6 pm.
Evaluation and treatment for speech and language problems associated with:
- Stroke or head injury
- Laryngectomy (removal of the voice box)
- Cleft palate, cerebral palsy or other conditions that may affect the tongue and mouth
- Poor alignment of teeth or dentures
- Other conditions including progressive neurological disease, stuttering, atypical swallowing and articulation and/or language impairment
Early intervention by our certified therapists can prevent a child's speech and language disorders from developing into more serious disabilities. We offer treatment for:
- Articulation disorders
- Language disorders/delays
- Voice disorders
- Cleft palate speech
- Hearing impaired speech
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy symptoms
Swallowing is often taken for granted, but thousands of people suffer from difficulties with this basic human function. Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, can be caused by:
- Stroke or brain injury
- Head and neck cancers
- Developmental abnormalities
- Surgical excisions
- Progressive degenerative diseases (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's)
- The aging process
Our experienced speech pathologists and radiologists evaluate swallowing problems using video fluoroscopic studies, and treat patients using VitalStim (TM) techniques. VitalStim Therapy is a safe and effective treatment that uses neuromuscular elictrical stimulation to aid muscle strengthening and rehabilitate the swallowing process. VitalStim therapy shows good outcomes for our patients with relatively few treatments. It is easily administered by a certified clinician and is pain free for patients.
Once prescribed by your physician, VitalStim therapy is administered by our speech pathologists 3 to 5 days a week for one hour. Most patients can expect their VitalStim therapy program to last one month.