The UM St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Institute offers speech and swallowing services for patients who have communication disorders, changes in voice quality and difficulty in swallowing food and liquids.

Our highly qualified professionals are licensed in the evaluation and treatment of language, voice, cognition, memory and swallowing disorders. Our team is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) and our clinicians have completed Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP) through the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Assessing Swallowing Disorders

Our care team also is able to assess swallowing disorders with a Modified Barium Swallow Study, performed by a trained radiologist in UM St. Joseph's radiology department. A Modified Barium Swallow Study is a specialized study that evaluates whether food or liquid is aspirated, or material enters the airway. This is a highly interactive study with patient participation. After the study, results are explained to the patient and family to formulate a treatment plan to meet specific needs.