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Speech Language Pathology

Problems with communication can affect people and families on many levels. Speech-language pathologists are communication specialists. They work closely with individuals who have physical or cognitive problems that interfere with their ability to speak clearly or to swallow. Speech therapy services at Lancaster General Health range from exercises designed to retrain speaking, reading and writing skills to developing alternative ways to communicate, and include several specialized programs. 

Accent reduction

For non-native English speakers whose accent may be a barrier to communication, LG Health speech-language pathologists offer a unique accent reduction program. Designed for those who already have a command of the English language, the program includes a comprehensive accent evaluation and phonetic analysis of your speech, weekly sessions with a speech-language pathologist and a DVD for at-home practice. The seven- to 12-week program is highly individualized, focusing on your particular pronunciation patterns. The goal is to reduce your accent so others can understand your speech more easily.

Accent reduction is available at Kissel Hill Outpatient Center. For more information on the accent reduction program, please call 717-544-4730.

Recovery from head injury, stroke or other neurological conditions

Speech or swallowing disorders can arise from damage to the nervous system caused by a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Our Neurological Rehabilitation program helps patients overcome or adapt to speech or swallowing problems and other impairments in order to maximize their abilities and independence.

Swallowing disorders

From spinal cord injury or Parkinson’s to surgery or throat cancer, many diseases and medical conditions can affect the muscles involved in swallowing, causing a swallowing disorder, or dysphagia. Using clinical examinations and X-ray studies, our speech-language pathologists evaluate swallowing disorders and design a personalized treatment program for the patient. Depending on the type of dysphagia and the symptoms, treatment may include:

  • Biofeedback to teach correct muscle movements
  • Exercises to strengthen swallowing muscles
  • Sensory stimulation to increase muscle and nerve response
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (vital stim therapy)
  • Education and recommendations on food and liquid consistencies that are easier and safer to swallow

Voice program

Various injuries and illnesses can impair voice quality. Speech-language pathologists at LG Health can help patients with:

  • Laryngectomy, or surgical removal of the larynx, or voice box, including those with a prosthesis after tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP)
  • Nodules or polyps on the vocal cords
  • Spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder that affects the muscles of the larynx
  • Vocal cord paralysis from a virus or surgery

Depending on the underlying condition, treatment may include muscle retraining, education on vocal techniques to reduce polyps or avoid polyp development, training on the use and care of a TEP prosthesis, and other techniques to help maintain or regain vocal quality.

It’s easy to make an appointment

A physician referral is necessary for medical speech-language pathology services. The swallowing disorders and voice programs are available at our two outpatient centers listed at left. For more information, please call (717) 544-3270.

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