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readingSpeech-Language Pathology staff present in-services and educational programs at a variety of state and national conferences as well as for community groups. Staff is also available to participate in medical grand rounds and medical student and resident lecture programs. Frequent educational topics include:

  • Adult Dysphagia: Assessment and Treatment
  • An Overview of Communication and Swallowing Disorders
  • Aphasia, Apraxia and Dysarthria: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication for children with non-functional speech
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication for patients with Degenerative Speech Disorders
  • Cognitive-Communicative Disorders
  • Communication Disorders in Patient with Acquired Brain Injury
  • Laryngectomy Rehabilitation
  • Learning Strategies for Children with Brain Injury
  • Managing Tracheostomy Tubes to Enhance Speech Production
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement: Assessment and Treatment
  • Pediatric Dysphagia: Assessment and Treatment
  • Swallowing Rehabilitation of the Head/Neck Cancer Patient
  • Typical Speech, Language and Swallowing Development in Children
  • Velopharygneal Dysfunction: Assessment and Management
  • Voice Disorders: Assessment and Treatment

Email: to schedule an in-service or educational presentation.

Clinical Research

Speech-Language Pathologists at the University of Michigan Health System are involved in a variety of research projects designed to improve understanding of communication and swallowing disorders and their treatment. Current staff are participating in the following research projects:

Lynn Driver
Communication outcome in very low birth-weight infants status/post  tracheostomy
Communication outcome in children pre and post- laryngotracheal  reconstruction
Haxer, Marc Swallowing outcome in patients undergoing radiation therapy with gemcitabine in unresectable head/neck cancer
Karen Kluin fMRI Language project, Epilepsy surgery language outcome
Deep brain stimulator placement for essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease: speech and swallowing outcomes
Speech and swallowing outcome in Spinocerebellar ataxia
Teresa Lyden Swallowing outcome in patients undergoing radiation therapy
with gemcitabine in unresectable head/neck cancer
Michelle Shenton Facilitating transition-to-work for adults with severe cognitive disabilities: interactive activity guidance as an assistive technology.
Use of alphanumeric pager to optimize memory log use in
brain-injured patients



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