Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Speech Pathology - A&SP Training Program
The Speech Pathology Section performs numerous instrumental evaluations in addition to more traditional administration of measuring instruments (tests). Vocal tract visualization (laryngeal imaging) using rigid or flexible endoscopy with or without stroboscopy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing are routinely conducted in the Speech Pathology Lab. Instrumentation for acoustical or aeromechanical measurements are also available. Videofluoroscopic evaluations of swallowing are regularly conducted in our Radiology department. The Speech Pathology Section offers office, treatment, and lab space to engage in the clinical and educational processes. The Section receives in excess of 80 new consultation requests per month. Veteran patients present with a wide-range of communication or swallowing disorders including aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, dysphagia, sequealae of non-dominant hemisphere CVA or traumatic brain injury, dementia, and dysphonia.