Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy


The certified speech and language professionals at Cayuga Medical Center offer inpatient therapy in acute care units and on the Medical Rehabilitation Unit, in addition to seeing outpatients. We help patients of all ages who have speech or language disorders, as well as people with swallowing difficulties that result from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other medical conditions such as cancer.


Our speech therapists are certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. To learn more about the ways in which we can help you, just click on the links below.


  Regaining speech after stroke

  Swallowing problems

  Dramatic gains for Parkinson’s patients

  Accent modification for better understanding

  Additional areas of expertise


Regaining speech after stroke

We understand that the ability to speak – indeed, to communicate – is an intricate process involving voice, language, and thought. It’s a much more complicated process than just the act of speaking: Voice is the sound we make to speak; speech is formulated into words; and language is the formulation of words into something meaningful. Without all three components, communication is problematic.


In the Medical Rehabilitation Unit, speech-language therapists spend most of their time working on communication skills in the acute phase of neurological recovery to give patients the strategies to communicate and understand. After patients are discharged from the medical center, we continue to see them on an outpatient basis, providing a continuum of care in the rehabilitation process.


Swallowing problems

Difficulties in swallowing are often associated with neurological problems. We have expertise in helping patients with swallowing problems due to progressive neurological disease, head injuries, stroke, or as a result of head and neck cancer. We can help you with swallowing techniques and strategies, including altering diet consistencies.


Dramatic gains for Parkinson’s patients

One of the most difficult aspects of Parkinson’s disease is its impact on a person’s ability to communicate. Because Parkinson’s affects the muscles in the throat and larynx, speech becomes quieter, softer, more breathy, and less intelligible. It becomes difficult to articulate and the voice drops into a monotone. Many people with Parkinson’s choose to retire from their jobs because it becomes increasingly difficult to be understood. They often become isolated.


Our speech-language therapists use the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment for Parkinson’s disease, which has proven to be a very effective approach to speech treatment. We have had people come through this program at the age of 90 who have made wonderful progress and regained significant vocal quality. With a referral from your doctor, we can evaluate you to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this therapy.


Accent Modification Program

Our accent modification program helps foreign-born residents and visitors refine their pronunciation of English, to enhance business, professional, and social skills. If you feel you are having trouble being understood by your students or colleagues, we can help you achieve clear, effective communication.


We offer two Compton P-ESL accent modification programs (7 weeks and 13 weeks in length), which provide you with:

  personal analysis of your speech patterns

  identification of areas for concentration

  classroom and individual practice

  emphasis on pronunciation and voice projection for conversation and presentations


The benefits participants derive from our Accent Modification Program include:

  improved speech clarity

  improved pronunciation of vocabulary specific to their work

  increased self confidence for oral presentations

  a significant change in accent


Additional areas of expertise


In our outpatient practice, we treat patients on referral with voice disorders, helping them to learn strategies and behaviors to achieve the best voice possible. In addition, we work with patients who have suffered cognitive linguistic problems as a result of traumatic brain injury or stroke. We also participate in the medical center’s Cleft Palate and Facial Deformities Team.



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