Speech Pathology and Swallowing Disorders

Speech Language Pathologists, along with the voice team, are key members of the multidisplinary head and neck cancer team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to patients who have speech, swallowing and voice disorders and to provide comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative services using state-of-the-art equipment.

The UAB Otolaryngology multidisplinary team has unique experience with Head and Neck cancer patients and focuses care on both the pre- and post-treatment settings. Our dedicated team is certified and extensively trained in laryngeal cancer rehabilitation including re-establishing verbal communication and improving quality of life with alternative methods of communication such as the servox and the tracheoesophageal puncture.

Prior to initiating a treatment plan, a full assessment of swallowing function is performed using an interdisplinary approach with Radiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Geriatrics and Nutrition. Assessment tools include the Bedside Evaluation, The Modified Barium Swallow and The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing.

Our Speech Pathologists also specialize in treating voice disorders. Evaluating the voice problem includes analyzing contributions to the problem, how the voice works, the effects of the environment on the voice and the way the voice is used in a variety of contexts. Laryngeal pathology is assessed with a variety of tools including Videostroboscopy, Acoustical analysis and EMG.