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Dr. Richard Alexander

Voice therapy is personalized to each individual through techniques for improving vocal care and hygiene as well as training strategies and exercises for improved vocal quality.

Concerns regarding voice problems should first be evaluated by an ENT doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist. Referral to a speech-language pathologist should be made for voice therapy when appropriate. Speech therapy helps regain speech loss due to diseases that affect the voice or following treatment for certain diseases such as cancer.

Who Might Need Treatment?

— Individuals with chronic reflux

— Individuals with phonotrauma/laryngeal trauma

— Individuals with vocal abuse/misuse behaviors

— Individuals with neurological disease (Parkinson’s)

—  Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia

— Following laryngeal cancer treatment

—  Smokers

—  Individuals with difficulties swallowing or communicating

Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions that affect oral motor skills, swallowing, and speech and language abilities. The speech therapists at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) work closely with neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and other specialists to treat a variety of conditions.

“Speech therapists at SVRMC are experienced in helping patients with short-term and long-term memory disorders. They work with patients who are struggling with impaired memory and having difficulty finding words,” says Richard M. Alexander, PT, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at SVRMC.

According to the American Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Association, cognitive-communication disorders often happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or dementia. Consult your doctor if you notice a sudden change in you or someone you know in cognitive communication including symptons, such as difficulty organizing thoughts, difficulty paying attention, difficulty remembering, difficulty planning and difficulty in problem solving.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center offers speech pathology services for all ages, from children to seniors.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (434) 348-4871.