Speech and language pathologists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for speech, language, cognitive, voice and swallowing disorders (dysphagia).

Accent Reduction

For non-native English speakers whose accents may be a barrier to communication, our 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.

Head Injury and Stroke Recovery

Stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease can cause speech or swallowing disorders. Our Neurological Rehabilitation program helps patients maximize their abilities and independence.

Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Using clinical examinations and X-ray studies, our speech-language pathologists evaluate swallowing disorders and design a personalized treatment program. 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. We 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.

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