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Speech-Language Pathology Program

 

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center is committed to improving quality of life through excellence in the evaluation, treatment and management of patients with disorders of speech, language, literacy, voice and swallowing.

 

Speech-Language Pathology services are provided on an outpatient basis at our Kanis Campus in Little Rock. Our clinical expertise and core values of compassion and respect demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients.

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Voice Clinic

Head and Neck Oncology Speech-Language Pathology Program

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology provides a full range of services to individuals from pre-school through geriatrics. Speech-Language Pathology services can only be provided to AOC clinic patients. An AOC doctor’s order is required prior to the initial evaluation. Due to Medicaid Rehab Provider limitations, we are unable to see children or adults who have Medicaid (Medicaid, ArKids, Tefra) insurance for speech-language pathology services. We will be happy to refer you elsewhere.

 

Following the evaluation, if services are warranted, an individualized treatment plan focusing on establishing functional and ongoing communication is initiated. Patients with a swallowing disorder are seen for a comprehensive evaluation, which may include a Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Study and/or Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. This study is followed by swallowing treatment and diet modification as warranted.

Hours

Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For further information, please call:

501-227-5050

1-800-262-0142

Staff

Our speech-language pathologist is licensed by the state of Arkansas and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Jill Fitzpatrick, MA, CCC–SLP

Adrian Williamson, MD

Voice Clinic

The Voice Clinic at AOC is a multidisciplinary program for the evaluation and treatment of patients who suffer from voice disorders. This team approach includes an otolaryngologist and speech pathologist onsite. If further evaluation is warranted by a neurologist, gastroenterologist or voice coach, these referrals will be made for the patient at their request.

Advanced technology and methods to provide comprehensive evaluation and care are utilized. Our Voice Clinic evaluation includes the use of videostroboscopy, aerodynamic voice analysis and digital imaging for the most advanced management of voice disorders. Services are available both on an ongoing basis and as needed for local or visiting performers.

Medical services available include evaluation and treatment of:

  • Vocal nodules

  • Polyps

  • Hoarseness

  • Vocal cord paralysis

  • Acute and Chronic Laryngitis

 

 

In addition to managing acute disorders, we emphasize care and maintenance of the professional voice user (teachers, ministers, sales representatives, singers) to ensure that common infections, vocal posture and excessive use do not lead to more serious vocal problems.

This subspecialty clinic is located at AOC’s Kanis Campus and is on Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment please call 501-227-5050 and ask to be scheduled in the voice clinic.

Head and Neck Oncology Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Head and Neck Speech Pathology Program at AOC provides a variety of services to primarily oncological patients. These services include diagnostic evaluation and therapy created to help individuals develop effective communication and swallowing skills usually following cancer treatment involving the mouth, tongue, jaw, larynx, or vocal cords.

The patient groups include those individuals who have undergone:

  • Head and Neck cancer surgery

  • Radiation to the head and neck

  • Vocal cord surgery

  • Prolonged intubation

The Head and Neck Speech Pathology Program provides treatment to:

Improve the following speech or communication skills:​​

  • Use of esophageal speech, electrolarynx, or TE speech for individuals with total laryngectomy

  • Size and fit voice prosthesis for effective vocal production and safe swallowing for total laryngectomy patients

  • Tracheostoma support in the form of care, counseling and rehab for pulmonary protection of the total laryngectomy patient

  • Voice, pitch, intensity to those individuals with vocal cord deficits

  • Non-verbal communications skills

  • Articulation for those individuals with mouth, jaw, tongue problems following cancer treatment

Address swallowing problems following surgery or radiation:

  • Evaluation of swallowing disorders using x-ray (video fluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing) or FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing).

  • Therapeutic intervention to rehabilitate impaired swallowing and increase safety/nutrition status of patient

 

The speech pathology staff works in concert with the AOC oncology specialists. This team approach includes the head and neck surgeon and oncology nurse practitioner whom work together to provide the highest quality of care to oncology patients and their families. For more information please call 501-227-5050 or 1-800-262-014

Pediatric Speech-Language

Pathology Program

AOC’s pediatric speech-language program helps your child develop the skills needed for successful functional communication. These skills can affect all aspects of daily living, from communicating basic needs to developing social skills and friendships to achieving academic success through college. Our speech-language pathologist provides comprehensive speech and language evaluations and treatment to pre-school and school –age children at the AOC Kanis campus.

Parent/Caregiver education and counseling is an integral part of the program to help families understand the child’s disorder and to learn speech/language facilitation techniques that will help the child to carryover the skills learned in therapy to the home setting.

Children benefit the most from early intervention for communication disorders. Children with speech-language deficits are much more likely to have reading problems later on. Early detection and intervention will decrease the likelihood of speech and language impairment in the academic setting. If you have any questions about your child’s speech or language skills, ask your child’s pediatrician or ENT for more information.

Our services include evaluation and therapy for problems with:

  • Articulation (making speech sounds)

  • Expressive language (using words and sentences to express thoughts)

  • Receptive language (understanding concepts, following directions)

  • Reading and phonics

  • Language difficulties related to auditory processing disorder

  • Learning disabilities

  • Voice disorders

 

For more information, please call 501-227-5050 or 1-800-262-0142