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Speech pathologists are licensed professionals with a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Our specialists are certified Speech Pathologists with a Masters or Doctorate Degree. Speech pathologists are trained to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for a wide array of communicative, cognitive, voice and swallow function disorders. Stroke, head injury, brain tumor, neurological diseases such as Parkinsons and multiple sclerosis, head/neck cancer, and dementia can result in difficulty with the vital daily activities of communication and swallowing. Speech pathologists are dedicated to assist patients in returning to the highest possible level, so that they can communicate effectively with others, and enjoy safe and adequate nutrition.

Sentara Therapy Services teams include highly skilled speech pathologists specializing in the following areas:

Dysphagia (Disorder of Swallowing)

Modified Barium Swallow Assessment 
 FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopy Assessment) 
 Training for Swallow Strengthening Exercise and Diet Management 
 Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (Vital Stim) 
 Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)

Speech and Language Disorders (From Stroke, Neurologic Disease, Brain Injury) 

 Aphasia Assessment 
 Aphasia Treatment - Speech/Language Retraining 
 Apraxia Assessment and Treatment 
 Dysarthria Training to Maximize Speech Intelligibility 
 Speech and Language Assessment and Treatment for Children
(Only Available at CarePlex Therapy Center and Williamsburg Outpatient Rehabilitation Services)

Voice Disorders 

 Alaryngeal Speech Training for Laryngectomy with Esophageal Speech or Electrolarynx 
 Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) for Parkinsons Disease 
 Vocal Nodules - Voice Hygiene and Vocal Exercise Training 
 Muscle Tension Dysphonia - Vocal Function Exercise Training 
 Vocal Cord Dysfunction 
 Tracheoesophogeal Prosthesis (TEP) Training for Laryngectomy

Cognitive Disorders 

 Dementia 
 Traumatic Brain Injury Retraining for Attention, Memory, Organization, Executive Functions 
 Right Hemispheric Stroke

Speech Pathology services are available at the following Sentara Therapy Center locations:

Granby - Norfolk
Leigh - Norfolk
CarePlex - Hampton
Obici - Suffolk
Princess Anne - Virginia Beach
Williamsburg


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