Speech and Language Pathology
Speech-language pathology helps you, or your child, with disorders that affect:
- Your ability to understand and produce language
- Your ability to swallow
- Your speech
- Your voice
- Your cognition
You may receive treatment while you are in the hospital or when you come to our outpatient clinic.
You or your child may need help with:
- Understanding language that you may hear or read
- Producing language when speaking
- Moving food or liquids through the mouth
- Swallowing food or liquids safely to reduce the chances of choking
- Hoarse vocal quality
- Difficulty breathing related to vocal cords closing
- Alterations in tone, pitch, or resonance
We provide outpatient services in Lebanon (at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. Your doctor or other care providers may refer you for speech-language pathology services. When you come to your first appointment, you will meet your speech-language pathologist. We will evaluate you using different tests and tools based on your condition or illness. These will guide the development of your treatment plan. Our team uses a variety of treatment methods to help you reach your best outcome.
In speech and language pathology we provide evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of:
- Cognitive-communication disorders
- Speech-language disorders
- Swallowing disorders: testing may include clinical swallow evaluation, modified barium swallow (MBS), or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES).
- Voice disorders including vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), hyperfunctional voice disorders, transgender voice, or communication following laryngectomy.