Speech, Language, Swallowing & Voice Services
At Southcoast Rehabilitation Services, our team of speech and language pathologists has extensive knowledge in all areas of speech, language, swallowing and voice disorders.
Using comprehensive standardized testing and state-of-the-art technology, we provide the highest quality of car to children and adults of all ages.
- Speech/language evaluation and treatment.
- Cognitive evaluation and treatment.
- Swallowing evaluation and treatment.
- Modified barium swallow studies.
- Voice evaluation and treatment, including videostroboscopy.
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Speech and Language Disorders
Communication is essential to learning, working and social interaction. Impaired communication impacts every aspect of a person's world. Our speech and language pathologists can help in the development or retraining of speech and language skills as well as improve listening and attention skills.
These skills are necessary for performing everyday tasks such as:
- Understanding directions.
- Balancing a checkbook.
- Speaking or finding the right words to say.
Speech and language disorders are commonly caused by:
- Birth defects.
- Developmental delays.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Parkinson's disease.
Dysphasia (difficulty swallowing) is a disorder that is usually a sign of a problem in the mouth, throat, or esophagus. It is most common in premature babies, people with problems of the brain or nervous system and older adults.
Common symptoms may include:
- Difficulty swallowing food or liquid.
- Difficulty chewing food.
- Gagging, choking or coughing when swallowing.
- Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating.
- Feeling like food or liquids are stuck in the throat or chest.
- Heartburn or pain/pressure in chest
- Loss of weight or dehydration from lack of food or liquid.
Swallowing problems are commonly caused by:
- Premature birth.
- Neurological disorders.
Our speech and language pathologists work closely with ear, nose and throat specialists (ENT's) to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. Many voice conditions are not serious and can be treated or prevented through careful assessment and therapy. However, voice disorders can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious medical condition.
Symptoms of voice disorders may include:
- Changes I voice quality or pitch.
- Temporary voice loss that persists for longer than three weeks and is not related to a cold or flu.
Those who may benefit from the voice program include:
- Individuals experiencing chronic vocal hoarseness and vocal fatigue.
- Teachers, lawyers and clergy.
- Professional speakers and singers.
- Pre-operative and post-operative vocal cord surgery patients.
- Individuals who have had total or partial Laryngectomy.
What Sets Our Team Apart
- A comprehensive voice evaluation by a Speech/Language Pathologist.
- The latest technology available including laryngeal videostroboscopy and Visi-Pitch, which allows our team to detect laryngeal disease earlier and diagnose voice disorders with greater accuracy.
- An individual treatment plan is designed for the patient following team consultation.
Who Benefits from Speech, Language, Swallowing & Voice Services
If you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, contact your ENT.
- Do you experience recurring episodes of voice loss or strain?
- Has your voice significantly changed in quality?
- Does your voice sound too high or low pitched, breathy or nasal?
- Has your voice been hoarse for longer than three weeks?
Preventing & Treating Mild Hoarseness
- Drink plenty of fluids — preferably water, roughly eight 8 oz. glasses per day.
- Avoid things that can dry out the mouth, throat, and vocal cords such as caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid Smoking!
- Do not "abuse" your voice by yelling or screaming or "overusing" it by talking too much.
- Give your voice frequent "rest periods" throughout the day.
- Do not speak too loudly. Instead speak at a low to moderate volume throughout the day.
- Remember ... if hoarseness persists for longer than three weeks consult your physician.
Don't let a voice disorder get in the way of your life and career. Call your ENT and ask for a full diagnostic evaluation from Southcoast Outpatient Speech, Language, Swallowing & Voice Services.
Your individual treatment plan can be followed at any of the following sites:
Durfee Union Mills
283 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Southcoast Brain & Spine Center
480 Hawthorn Street
Dartmouth, MA 02747