Speech, Language and Swallow therapy

Role of speech language pathologists:

Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) work closely with children and adults who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems, and with those who have swallowing, drinking or eating difficulties.

The role can involve working with a diverse patient group, including people with physical and learning disabilities, hearing loss/deafness, psychiatric disorders or loss of memory.

SLPs assess a patient’s needs before developing individualised treatment program.

Treatment plans often involve family members and care givers.

SLPs usually work as part of a multidisciplinary team, alongside other health professionals such as:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social worker

Activities involved:

  • Identifying children's developmental speech and communication difficulties/disorders
  • Assessing and treating swallowing and communication difficulties arising from a range of causes, e.g. birth problems (such as cleft palate) or acquired disorders after a stroke or head injury
  • Devising, implementing and revising relevant treatment program
  • Advising carers on implementing treatment programs and training other professionals in therapy delivery
  • Assessing communication environments
  • Monitoring and evaluating patients' progress
  • Working with clients on a one-to-one basis, and in groups to deliver therapy
  • Documenting confidential case notes and reports
  • Liaising with the multidisciplinary team to improve the effectiveness of service delivery

Services we provide:

Swallowing therapy
  • Food-pipe removal
  • Prevention of accidental entry of food into the windpipe
  • Improve phases of swallowing

Voice therapy
  • Treat loudness and quality of voice
  • Training professional voice users

Fluency management
  • Stuttering
  • Cluttering

Language therapy
  • Post stroke loss of language
  • Child language development
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Mental retardation

Articulation therapy
  • Post stroke articulation difficulty
  • Speech correction for children

Audiology:

Audiology is the healthcare science which helps people overcome the barriers as a consequence of hearing or balance problems.

Audiologists help improve the quality of life of people with hearing or balance problems, as well as their families and carers.

In a nutshell, audiologists identify and assess hearing and balance disorders, and provide appropriate rehabilitation and management.

Services provided:

  • Pure tone audiometry
    1. Determine degree and type of hearing loss
    2. Auditory rehabilitation
    3. Special tests
    4. Management of ringing ear

Future plans:

  • Providing hearing aids
  • Assessment of balance disorders related to hearing
  • Research and development
  • Assessment (perceptual and instrumental) and management of Voice Disorders

Ankit Kothari

  • BASLP from Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in 2015
  • Joined Institute of Neurosciences as Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist in February 2016
  • Experience 4years
  • Special Interest:
    1. Swallowing disorders
    2. Hearing disorders

Farhana Haque

  • Bachelor in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology from West Bengal University of Health Sciences in 2018.
  • Master in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology from West Bengal University of Health Sciences in 2020.
  • Publication- "A Comparative Study on Mathematical Competencies of Students With Hearing Impairment Attending Primary Education in Special and Regular School", Asia Pacific Journal of Research
  • Research work- Effect of Obesity on Electroglottographic and Cepstral Parameters
  • Special interest- Aphasia
  • Joined I-NK in 2021.

Mugdha Das

  • Working as Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist at IN-K hospital since October 2016.
  • BASLP (2009-2013) from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities
  • MASLP (2014-2016)
  • Gold medalist by WBUHS for BASLP
  • Research publications:
    1.‘Comparision of functional benefit of unilateral vs bilateral hearing aid fitting in elderly population using hindi trans adaptation of speech, spatial and qualities of hearing scale’ in IOSR (International organization of scientific research) journals, May 2016.
    2. ‘The effectiveness of constraint Induced Aphasic Therapy Approach to Improve naming and Word fluency in Non-Fluent Aphasic’ in GIJHSR (Galore international Journal of Health Sciences and Research), July-September 2019.
  • Special interest: Language therapy

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