We offer the following services for adults
Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many people take great pride in their accents. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. Services concentrate on the pronunciation, stress, rhythm and intonation of speech.
Accent reduction is not usually targeted at removing an accent. Therapy aims to make it easier for a listener to understand what is being said.
A voice disorder is a deviation in voice pitch, loudness, or quality that interferes with a person’s quality of life. Individuals with a voice disorder may sound hoarse, stuffy or nasally. Often structural abnormalities are the cause of such symptoms.
Treatment assists with vocal cord nodules and polyps, vocal cord paralysis, paradoxical vocal fold movement and spasmodic dysphonia.
**Please note that an examination by a licensed and certified Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) doctor is highly recommended prior to initiation of speech therapy for voice disorders since voice disorders are often a product of several conditions surrounding the vocal chords including ulcers, blisters, pappillomas and cancer.
Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by a decline in the brain’s function over time. These disorders can affect many of your body’s activities such as balance, movement and heart function. Many of these diseases also impact speech, swallowing, voice, communication and breathing.
Treatment focuses on management of symptoms and optimization of communication and swallowing.
Neurodegenerative disorders include but are not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
Professional communication training focuses on the advanced communication skills required in today’s professional and corporate environments. Effective communication in an interview, a meeting with management or in front of an audience can increase your competitive edge.
Areas of Development include:
- Network and small talk
- Voice quality (pitch, projection)
- Presentation skills/anxiety
- Fluency of speech (filler words, pauses etc.)
- Concise speech
- Communicating in conflict
- Non-verbal communication/body language
- Assertive communication
- Turn-taking and pragmatics
- Developing and fostering new relationships
Acquired Brain Injury (Store, Neurological, Traumatic Brain Injury)
Acquired Brain Injury or ABI refers to damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and may cause partial or functional disability. If you have had a brain injury, we can sit down with you to discuss assessment and treatment options depending on your recovery goals. If you received speech therapy for an ABI while in the hospital, we can pick up where your speech therapist left off or start fresh.
Possible areas of communication impacted by an ABI are:
- initiating speech (apraxia)
- word-finding (anomia)
- understanding of language (receptive aphasia)
- fluency of speech (expressive aphasia/neurogenic stuttering)
- clarity of speech (dysarthria)
- reading (alexia/dyslexia)
- writing (agraphia/dysgraphia)
- vocal fatigue/hoarseness/weakness
Voice and Communication Therapy for Transgender/Transsexual Clients
Voice and communication training for male-to-female (MtF) clients and for female-to-male (FtM) clients look at a variety of aspects of communication, including vocal pitch, intonation and resonance, and nonverbal communication.
Evaluation and Treatment
Initially, you will be asked to provide as much information as possible including diagnosis, medical history, developmental milestones, and other relevant family history. Evaluations conducted may be informal (criterion-based, written/verbal language samples, observation) or formal (standardized), depending on the concerns expressed during the initial interview. Client self-assessment forms are also used as needed.
Length of testing ranges from 60-90 minutes.
All treatment is tailored to your individual needs. We focus on what is important to you. No matter what program or specific exercises your treatment protocol may include, your lifestyle, professional goals, family involvement and feelings towards a speech-language difficulty are always honored and taken into account.
Sessions are typically 30-50 minutes.
DURATION OF THERAPY SESSIONS
The duration of therapy greatly depends on speech and language goals.
The following impact overall progress:
- Severity of the disorder
- Home practice
- Duration/frequency of therapy