1. 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.
  2. Overall scope of services include: 
  1. Prevention
  2. Screening
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Education
  5. Consultation
  6. Treatment

     3. Communication Disorders seen by the Speech Language Pathology include:

    1. Language Disorders (Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics)
    2. Speech Disorders (Articulation, Phonology, Resonance)
    3. Cognitive Linguistic Disorders
    4. Voice Disorders
    5. Fluency Disorders
    6. Alaryngeal speech Rehabilitation (Tracheoesophageal puncture, electrolarynx)
    7. Tracheostomy (Speaking valve placement and training)
    8. Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (for patients with Parkinson’s Disease)

     4. Population of patients seen with swallowing Disorders:

    1. Neonatal feeding disorders
    2. Head and Neck cancer
    3. Critical care (ICU)
    4. Post lung transplant
    5. Patient with various neurological conditions
    6. Patients post-transplant (lungs, liver, renal)
    7. Oncology
    8. Cardiology


Number, Types and Ages of Patients Served Annually:

Types and Ages of Patients Served:           

  1. All ages of patients (newborn to geriatrics
  2. 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
  3. 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:

  1. Bedside Screening and Comprehensive Assessment of Attention, Memory, Orientation and Cognitive Linguistic Status
  2. Dysphagia Evaluation and Management
  3. Neurogenic Pathologies Impacting the Communication/Swallowing Mechanisms
  4. Organic and Functional Voice Disorders
  5. Communication disorders associated with neurological conditions (pediatrics and adults)
  6. Oral, Velo-pharyngeal and Laryngeal Surgery Patients (Before and after Surgery)
  7. Non-vocal, Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Patients
  8. 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

  1. The Speech Language Pathology clinic adheres to the code of ethics set by the American Speech and Hearing Association.
  2. The Speech Language Pathology clinic follows the policies and procedures set by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
  3. 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.


Accreditations & Awards