Speech Pathology

Speech and language pathologists at Greenwich Hospital evaluate and treat speech, language and voice disorders in people of all ages. Known for their experience and expertise, these specialists use many of the most advanced techniques available for training and rehabilitation. Patients can access a full range of services for various disorders including:

Speech Conditions We Treat

  • Aphasia (after stroke or from head trauma)
  • Articulation problems
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Early childhood speech/language delays
  • Language learning disabilities
  • Oral-motor dysfunction
  • Parkinson's
  • Swallowing problems
  • Voice problems

Parkinson's Voice Training

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program was specifically designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease speak more clearly. Its primary focus is to strengthen the voice. The therapy includes an intensive 4-week course of one-on-one therapy. Patients also must practice voice exercises at home twice a day. When therapy ends, home practice continues 3-5 times a week to maintain improvement.

Patient Story

Mrs. M, is a 77-year-old woman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. She sought speech and language treatment at Greenwich Hospital for her voice so she could increase volume, reduce trembling and breathiness, and improve clarity.

After completing 15 sessions of LSVT therapy, Ms. M. spoke clearly and intelligibly in a strong voice with appropriate pitch and loudness.

Hear actual before-and-after voice recordings of Mrs. A., treated using the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT).

Patient Voice Before

Patient Voice After

Voice Therapy for Vocal Cord Nodules

Vocal nodules are small, benign (noncancerous) growths that form on both vocal cords. The nodules develop from damage caused by repeated pressure on the same area .The voice of a person who has vocal nodules usually sounds hoarse and slightly breathy.

Therapy for vocal cord nodules helps patients reduce the strain on their voice. In addition to behavior changes, patients may learn to alter their pitch, loudness and breathing. Stress reduction techniques and relaxation exercises are often taught as well.

Patient Story

Mr. M. is an 82-year-old man who had nodules on both his vocal cords. His voice was hoarse on and off throughout the day and became worse at night. Because his voice often “gave out” in the middle of speaking, he became tense in conversations.

After five voice therapy sessions over three months at Greenwich Hospital, Mr. M's voice was no longer hoarse or tired and had regained the strong, clear quality it had before he developed the nodules. An examination by his physician showed Mr. M’s vocal cord nodules were gone.

Hear actual before-and-after voice recordings of Mr. M.

Patient Voice Before

Patient Voice After