Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Speech and Language Treatment for Adults

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Treatment of Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Verbal expression
  • Auditory Comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Written Language
  • Cognitive/Linguistic skills
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Memory deficits

Treatment of Voice Disorders

  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold/Cord Dysfunction/Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)
  • Hypernasality caused by Cleft Palate or Neurologic disease or injury
  • Voice changes due to nodules/polyps/cysts
  • Voice loss following surgery (Laryngectomy)
  • Professional voice users
  • Parkinson Disease – Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)

The AU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers the 4 week Lee Silverman Voice Treatment approach known as LSVT® LOUD.  Currently, there are only 7 speech pathologists certified to provide this therapy in Alabama, with two of those on the AU faculty.

Research shows 89% of persons with Parkinson Disease will experience speech or voice disorders. Frequently, they are not aware of these speech or voice changes, even though those around them notice a decline in intelligibility. The LSVT® LOUD is a scientifically documented efficacious program for treating the voice and speech disorders and increasing intelligibility in patients with Parkinson disease. You can learn more by contacting the clinic, or calling the LSVT Global organization at 1-888-438-5788 or through www.LSVTGlobal.com.

Accent Reduction

  • Dialect
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Enhancement of Standard American English

Stuttering

  • Learning new patterns of speaking that facilitate fluency
  • Altering speech rate, loudness, effort and/or respiration patterns
  • Changing attitudes and perceptions concerning stuttering
  • Using devices such as auditory maskers or delayed auditory feedback
  • Counseling

Dysphagia

  • Exercises to facilitate oral-motor movements related to swallowing
  • Patient/Caregiver education of strategies to promote safe swallowing

Last Updated: November 10, 2015