Speech and Language Pathology Therapy
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers comprehensive inpatient evaluations and treatment of speech, language, swallowing (dysphagia), and cognitive/communication disorders.
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm
What is Speech-Language Pathology?
- Speech-language pathologists (also known as: speech therapists), assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing, across the lifespan.
- A master’s degree is the most common level of education. Licensure or certification requirements also exist and vary by State.
- All speech-language pathologists employed by SUNY Upstate are certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing association and hold a New York State license in Speech-Language Pathology.
- Pediatric feeding and swallowing evaluation and treatment including instrumental examination (modified barium swallow study and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
- Adult swallowing evaluation and treatment including instrumental examination (modified barium swallow study and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
- Pediatric speech and language evaluation and treatment
- Adult speech and language evaluation and treatment
- Augmentative and Alternative communication evaluation and treatment for individuals with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
- Voice restoration after total laryngectomy including tracheoesophageal puncture
List of Speech & Language Pathology programs:
- Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
- Neurological Program
- Pediatric Program
- Speech & Language Pathology Therapy
- Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
- Outpatient Comprehensive Stroke Program
Who May Benefit from this Program?
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Upstate University Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus serves both children and adults who have speech, language, cognitive, and feeding and swallowing difficulties resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumor, neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, etc.), head and neck cancer/surgery/radiation therapy, genetic syndromes, prematurity, and developmental delays, amongst other diagnoses.
What to expect from Therapy
During the inpatient stay, speech therapists may perform comprehensive evaluation, and treatment for a variety of communication, cognitive, and swallowing difficulties.
Working with each patient's individual needs, we provide:
- Assistance in evaluating needs for AAC devices.
- Comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
- Evaluation and treatment for cognitive-linguistic deficits, including impaired reasoning, problem solving, attention, and memory.
- Therapy individualized to the patient’s needs including use of computer-based programs and patient specific activities.
- Patient and family education regarding the diagnosis and recovery prognosis including family-based brain injury education classes.
Locations for therapy services:
Pediatric patients: Upstate University Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital, inpatient and outpatient.
Adult patients: Upstate University Hospital and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus, inpatient and outpatient.
A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.