Adults: Speech, Swallowing, Voice, Language

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Adults: Speech, Swallowing, Voice, Language

Speech and Language Evaluations including Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

Adult speech and language diagnoses often include aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, or cognitive impairment from stroke or head injury as well as oromyofunctional disorders.  At Alliance Speech and Language Center, we take a one-on-one approach and provide expert help with the full range of speech and language programs. An individual assessment protocol is designed for each patient, which takes into account one’s medical history, complaints, and symptoms. You enjoy a targeted plan with a priceless end goal: helping you communicate more effectively with family, friends, and colleagues.

LSVT Home Companion Device

LSVT Loud Home Companion Device via Telepractice

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Loud (LSVT Loud)

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) protocol was developed for patients with Parkinson’s disease. With a high success rate, the program is ideal for patients who are cognitively intact but find that their voices are weak, have trouble being heard by friends or family, or have difficulty speaking clearly or loudly enough to be heard.  We are also eLoud certified, which means that patients can have this specialized therapy provided through tele practice, right from the convenience of their own home!!  With the use of the Home Companion Device, patients are able to perform their exercises with the help of this software, send their results directly to the provider for review.

Buteyko Breathing

Buteyko Breathing for Vocal Cord Dysfunction, PVFM, irritable larynx, stuttering, and oromyofunctional disorders.  This technique focuses on nasal breathing and controlled breathing.  It favorably impacts breathing, voice, fluency and swallowing. Buteyko focuses on nasal breathing and controlled breathing. It favorably impacts breathing, voice, fluency and swallowing. Shira has studied under Hadas Golan, and is well read on the topic, particularly all of Patrick McKeown’s books on Buteyko.

Lois Laynee

Restorative Breathing is a powerful way to reset the cranial nerves that are switched off in a person, contributing to difficulty using the muscles for swallowing and breathing properly.  It begins with a cranial nerve assessment and then certain exercises are taught to improve the brain’s ability to breathe and use the tongue for swallowing, while addressing muscle movement patterns and function.

Foreign Accent Modification

Help is available.  Learn more about our program.

Our Foreign Language Modification program uses weekly sessions, homework, and speech practice to develop ability in spoken American English. Benefits include increased job performance, better interviewing skills, and even career advancement. There are many dialects, but we aim for a Standard American Accent, which can be achieved in several months. You’ll learn to think like an actor and “put on” your accent when you need it. Choose the setting that is most convenient:  our office or your corporate office training sessions available.  The course includes:

    • Work in adopting American intonation
    • Development of the muscles of the middle tongue (where American English is centered)
    • Lessons on American English grammar
    • Special attention to specific vowel sounds and consonants

Interactive Metronome (IM)

The Interactive Metronome is a computer-based program that enhances motor ability and improves language processing. Designed for patients with auditory processing disorders or ADD / ADHD, it also helps those with motor planning problems. To learn more, visit our IM page.

Transgender Voice and Communication

Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male voice, language and nonverbal communication is taught to improve authenticity and to improve the match between their true self with their expression of self-identity.  There is a special focus on Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) and Vocal Function Exercises as well as Voice Gym. Click here for more information.

Voice Disorders

We help adults who have voice injuries due to illness or injury.  Treatment depends on the type of voice disorder or dysphonia.  Common issues are vocal nodules, muscle tension dysphonia, paralyzed vocal cords.  Myofascial Release is often very helpful to relieve pain from muscle tension, results often lasting several days.  Voice Gym is a favorite amongst patients, especially those who are professional singers.  Developed by Angela Cain, Voice Gym is used often with patients with orofacial myofunctional disorders, particularly  restricted lingual frenulum in addition to muscle tension dysphonia.