Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat all aspects of communication as well as oral-pharygneal swallowing impairment. They participate in many patient care teams throughout the University of Michigan Health System's clinical departments. Areas of specialty include:
- Aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia differential diagnosis and treatment, including participation in the Comprehensive Stroke Center, the Ataxia Clinic, Epilepsy Clinic, Wilson’s Disease Clinic and the Brain Tumor Clinic. A Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) program is offered for patients with Parkinson’s Disease at MedRehab.
- Augmentative/Alternative communication, including adaptation to tracheostomy/ventilatory dependence and the use of computer-based communication systems when speech is not functional. SLPs participate in the Department of Neurology’s Motor Neuron Disease Clinic.
- Autism assessment, including participation in the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Clinic (MDEC) through the Department of Pediatric Neurology and the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program through the Department of Psychiatry. SLP also leads an innovative treatment program, STEPS: Succeed*Promote*Engage*Teach*Support*
- Cognitive-communicative rehabilitation, including participation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's inpatient rehabilitation units and outpatient adult and pediatric NeuroRehabilitation Programs
- Developmental speech and language assessment and treatment
- Dysphagia: assessment of swallowing disorders, including videofluoroscopic evaluation, in conjunction with the Department of Radiology, and fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing. Pediatric SLPs participate in neonatal feeding assessment and work with families to optimize feeding of babies with a cleft palate. They also participate in behavioral feeding programs and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology’s Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic
- Extra-operative/intra-operative motor, speech and language mapping prior to or during surgery for seizure management or tumor resection
- Laryngectomy rehabilitation, including insertion of and instruction in the use of tracheo-esophageal prosthetics for voice restoration, in conjunction with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology
- Resonance assessment, including nasoendoscopic assessment and multi-view videofluoroscopy, including participation in the Craniofacial Anomalies Program
- Vocal rehabilitation, including participation in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology's Vocal Health Center
- Laryngeal Disorders, in conjunction with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, including assessment/treatment of individuals with paradoxical vocal fold motion, habit cough and irritable larynx syndrome. SLPs participate in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Multi-Disciplinary Voice/Swallowing Clinic.