Speech & Language Pathology at Briarwood MedRehab


Speech-Language Pathology provides assessment and treatment of adults with communication or swallowing impairments. Speech-Language Pathologists participate in many patient care teams through the University of Michigan Health System's clinical departments to advance patient treatment, education, and clinical research in the areas of speech, language, voice, resonance, social communication and oral-pharyngeal swallowing disorders. Areas of specialty include:

  • Accent reduction
  • Aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia assessment and treatment
  • Augmentative/Alternative communication, including adaptation to tracheostomy/ventilatory dependence and the use of computer-based communication systems when speech is not functional
  • Autism assessment and treatment recommendations
  • Cognitive-communicative rehabilitation, including participation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's inpatient rehabilitation units and outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Programs
  • Developmental speech and language assessment, treatment
  • Dysphagia: assessment of swallowing disorders, including videofluoroscopic evaluation, in conjunction with the Department of Radiology, and fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing
  • Extra-operative/intra-operative motor, speech and language mapping prior to surgery for seizure management or tumor resection
  • Laryngectomy rehabilitation, including insertion of and instruction in the use of tracheo-esophageal prosthetics for voice restoration, in conjunction with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Resonance assessment, including nasoendoscopic assessment and multi-view videofluoroscopy, including participation in the Craniofacial Anomalies Program
  • Vocal rehabilitation, including participation in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology's Vocal Health Center