Audiology / Speech Pathology
The Speech-Language Pathology Clinic at WBAMC offers evaluations and treatment for Adult and Pediatric patients. All categories of patients are eligible: Active, Retired and their dependents (currently there are no restrictions) Referrals are accepted from physicians, staff, family members and teachers. All appointments for both evaluations and treatment are scheduled by the Speech pathology clinic.
We practice a full spectrum of our specialty. Referral guidelines include any patient with:
- A voice that is rough, raspy, breathy, too high/low pitched, frequent laryngitis, vocal fold immobility, organic voice disorders, vocal abuse, and or gastric reflux
- Paralyzed vocal cords from surgical intervention (best to be refer within one month of episode)
- Respiratory disorders affecting voice.
- Laryngectomys, cancers of the tongue and /or oral cavity
- Dysphagia (management of feedings/swallowing, failure to thrive disorders or at risk of aspiration)
- Articulation problems (cannot produce sounds in the usual acceptable manner, w>r, lisps,etc
- Accent problems that interfere with spontaneous conversation or understanding the patient
- Stuttering, stammering, fluency problems
- Head/Brain injuries or trauma to an adult or child
- Strokes, neurogenic, cognitive, memory deficits,dementia, and Alzheimer's disease
- Neurological disorders of adults or children (affecting language development), progressive muscular disorders, e.g.: Parkinson's, M.S., dysarthria, mysthenia gravis, ataxia, apraxia, etc.
- Cleft lip/palate, congenital facial or oral cavity anomalies
- Hard of hearing for lip/speech reading rehabilitation. Auditory processing disorders
- Any child with delayed language development: e.g. 18 months>10-18 words: 2 year old>2-4 word sentences: 3 year olds>who cannot carry on a full conversation with a stranger
- Autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental delays, cognitive disorders, bizarre language, echolalia, difficulty interacting on a speech/language, behavioral/social, level with others
- Any child who needs speech-language clearance for exceptional Family Member Program(EFMP)