Speech-Language Pathology

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital offers a variety of treatment programs for speech-language pathology disorders, including cognitive issues that result from brain injury or stroke. In addition, we offer a voice & dysphagia (swallowing) Lab to help assess and correct issues with swallowing.


Speech-Language Pathology
The outpatient speech-language pathology department offers a wide range of services related to the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and cognitive issues in adult and pediatric populations (over 2 years of age). We utilize a multidisciplinary approach and consult with physicians continuously during treatment.

Specialists and programs:

  • Speech-language evaluation and treatment
  • Early childhood interventionist
  • Clinicians trained in brain injury rehabilitation
  • Facilitating the use of augmentative communication devices

Voice & Dysphagia (Swallowing) Lab
Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital’s Voice & Dysphagia Lab is a unique outpatient speech-language pathology program that evaluates and treats swallow and/or voice impairments related to variety of diagnoses or impairments.

Voice Disorders
In partnership with referring otolaryngologists, the Lovelace Voice Lab is equipped to evaluate and treat a wide variety of disorders.

Services Provided:

  • Voice evaluation with use of instrumentation, including VisiPitchTM software and equipment
  • Voice recording and analysis
  • Flexible and/or rigid laryngoscopy for vocal fold imaging and visual biofeedback
  • Video laryngostroboscopy*
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD therapy

Dysphagia
The Lovelace Voice & Dysphagia Lab provides evaluation and treatment of swallowing issues related to a variety of diagnoses. Among the most commonly seen are neurological impairments, traumatic brain injury, progressive diseases and head and neck cancer.

Services Provided:

  • “Bedside Swallow Assessment”
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)*
  • Video swallow capabilities
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation technique, in conjunction with specific exercises to strengthen the impaired muscle function
  • Visual biofeedback with the use of nasoendoscopy*
  • Education and training for patients and caregivers regarding diet precautions and compensatory strategies

*Procedure must be specified by physicians on referral.

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