Speech Therapy and Pathology
Our Speech Therapists Here In Atlanta
The Ear, Nose and Throat Institute in Atlanta is dedicated to providing speech and voice therapy services to patients of all ages. Using the latest in testing and treatment techniques, our experienced speech therapists specialize in assisting patients with speech, communication and swallowing disorders. Our speech therapy services include:
- Diagnostic evaluation
- Treatment/speech therapy services
- Parent/family training
Without therapy, speech disorders can affect quality of life by interfering with learning and impairing social interaction. Regular sessions with a speech therapist can help to improve your confidence along with your communication skills. Some individuals experience an improvement after a few weeks while others may need longer, something determined after evaluation.
More about Speech and Language Disorders
Speech disorders can occur in early childhood or may develop later in life as a result of trauma or injury so a speech pathologist may be needed to diagnose the issue. Although speech disorders can affect anyone, they are most prevalent in individuals with the following conditions:
- Impaired hearing
- Breathing or swallowing disorders
- Cleft lip or palate
Common disorders include:
- Articulation disorders (Speech)
- Language disorders (Disorders of expression or comprehension)
- Voice disorders
Our Speech Pathologists Right Here In Atlanta
The ENT Institute is staffed by fully licensed speech pathologists dedicated to the clinical care of individuals with swallowing issues, voice, and speech/communication disorders.
We are committed to providing patients with the highest quality of diagnostic and therapeutic services in order to continuously strive to help you (or someone you know) communicate more clearly, effectively, and confidently. At times, it can seem difficult to get direct answers, but here at the ENT Institute, you’ll have our full attention. We understand the fears and frustrations that may coincide with these types of disorders, and we are here to help you.
We recognize that even the minor symptoms can be irritating; especially when they disrupt everyday life. The care you will receive at any of our offices is based upon the very latest research findings, provided by extremely skilled and trained speech pathologists who maintain national and state certifications, competencies, and licenses, furthering their expertise through continuing education courses and professional conferences. The speech pathology approach here at the ENT Institute involves consistent communication with you in order to arrive at an individually tailored treatment plan together that can easily fit into your daily life.
For professional singers and speakers, vocal nodules as well as other voice issues and pathologies are treated. Therapies are also available for singers recovering from cancer. In addition to medical intervention, instructions are given for exercises that strengthen the voice and protect vocal chords.
Speech pathologists are responsible for the vocal health of patients in order to prevent the occurrence/recurrence of a voice disorder, reduce the voice disorder, help the patient produce the best possible pitch, loudness, and quality in relation to the individual’s age/gender, and rehabilitate the voice to a level of function. You may want to consider visiting the ENT Institute regarding your voice if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- voice changes lasting longer than two weeks (especially if you smoke)
- pain in your throat when talking that is not from a cold or flu
- a severe change in your voice lasting longer than a few days that is not associated with a cold or the flu
- persistent voice changes that inhibit your ability to do your normal activities
- vocal fatigue
- hoarseness or other change in the pitch/timbre or quality of your voice
- a loss in a portion of your speaking or singing range
- tightness/discomfort or burning sensation in your throat
- a sensation of something stuck in your throat
- difficulty making your voice sufficiently loud or soft
- breathlessness when you speak
- abrupt starts and stops of your voice that you have difficulty controlling
- a feeling of the need to cough or clear your throat frequently
Having Issues Swallowing?
Speech pathologists in Atlanta are responsible for the dietary management of patients in order to prevent aspiration and limit its occurrence, prevent aspiration pneumonia, reduce the occurrence of weight loss from swallowing difficulty, and reduce swallowing problems overall; thus improving quality of daily life. You may want to consider visiting one of our ENT Institute offices if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- coughing during eating or drinking
- increased congestion in the chest after eating
- the need to swallow multiple times for one mouthful of food
- fatigue or shortness of breath while eating/drinking
- difficulty with pills
- prolonged mealtimes
- difficulty or increased effort to chew or swallow
- a rise in temperature (fever)
- a weight loss associated with increased slowness during eating/drinking
- frequent pneumonia
- runny nose or eyes during/after eating
The Voice Center
Is using your voice an important part of your job? Singers, actors, teachers, lawyers, preachers and other public speakers need to take special care of their voice and attend quickly to any voice-related issues. The Voice Center at the ENT Institute provides that kind of specialized care. Services include various types of testing and evaluation for risk factors, as well as voice therapy and vocal hygiene training. Professional voice users can learn about preventative measures and vocal techniques that help reduce damage and keep their voice clear and strong over time.
To learn more about speech disorders or The ENT Institute’s speech therapy programs, please call our Speech Therapy Doctors & Speech-Language Pathologists at 770-740-1860
or contact us online. Click here to Learn More about The Voice Center at ENT Institute.