- The practice of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) includes the evaluation and treatment of conditions that directly and/or indirectly affect health and/or safety, as well as, all aspects of human communication. In addition, the domain of dysphagia (swallowing and feeding disorders), across the life span.
- Overall scope of services include:
3. Communication Disorders seen by the Speech Language Pathology include:
- Language Disorders (Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics)
- Speech Disorders (Articulation, Phonology, Resonance)
- Cognitive Linguistic Disorders
- Voice Disorders
- Fluency Disorders
- Alaryngeal speech Rehabilitation (Tracheoesophageal puncture, electrolarynx)
- Tracheostomy (Speaking valve placement and training)
- Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (for patients with Parkinson’s Disease)
4. Population of patients seen with swallowing Disorders:
- Neonatal feeding disorders
- Head and Neck cancer
- Critical care (ICU)
- Post lung transplant
- Patient with various neurological conditions
- Patients post-transplant (lungs, liver, renal)
Number, Types and Ages of Patients Served Annually:
Types and Ages of Patients Served:
- All ages of patients (newborn to geriatrics
- Typical KFSHRC Tertiary Care Patient Types include Aphasia, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Dysartheria, Apraxia, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Dysphagia, Language Disorders, Fluency/Stuttering Disorders, Voice Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Cochlear Implant/Hearing Impaired Disorders, Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders, Motor Speech Disorders, Neurogenic Disorders. Speech-Language Disorders due to Organic genetic metabolic and/or problems/diseases impacting the health and integrity of the human communication/swallowing mechanisms
- Average number of patients seen annually: 6000
Scope and Complexity of Patient Care Needs:
The overall scope and complexity of Speech Language Pathology Patient Care needs, is comprehensive and highly specialized. KFSHRC Speech Language Pathology and Swallowing Patients are acutely, critically and/or chronically ill. Therefore, KFSHRC SLP Services are provided via a concurrent + Collaborative Interdisciplinary Paradigm of Medical Care.
The following outlines the problems typically referred to SLPs at KFSHRC due to patient needs:
- Bedside Screening and Comprehensive Assessment of Attention, Memory, Orientation and Cognitive Linguistic Status
- Dysphagia Evaluation and Management
- Neurogenic Pathologies Impacting the Communication/Swallowing Mechanisms
- Organic and Functional Voice Disorders
- Communication disorders associated with neurological conditions (pediatrics and adults)
- Oral, Velo-pharyngeal and Laryngeal Surgery Patients (Before and after Surgery)
- Non-vocal, Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Patients
- Patients needing baseline and Follow-up Assessments of Speech, Language, Voice or Swallowing in order to evaluate the efficacy of drug therapies, surgeries and habilitative/rehabilitative treatments
Quality of provided services:
- The Speech Language Pathology clinic adheres to the code of ethics set by the American Speech and Hearing Association.
- The Speech Language Pathology clinic follows the policies and procedures set by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
- Six of the Speech Language Pathologists have their American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence which is maintained with through continuing education hours.