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Speech Therapy

By Alex Moroz, MD, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vice Chair of Education, and Residency Program Director, New York University School of Medicine

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Patient Education

Speech therapists can identify the most effective methods of communication for patients who have aphasia, dysarthria, or verbal apraxia or who have had a laryngectomy:

  • Expressive aphasia: A letter or picture board

  • Mild to moderate dysarthria or apraxia: Breathing and muscle control plus repetition exercises

  • Severe dysarthria or apraxia: An electronic device with a keyboard and message display (print or screen)

  • Postlaryngectomy: A new way to produce a voice (eg, by an electrolarynx—see Laryngeal Cancer : Rehabilitation)

Speech therapists may also assist in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders.