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Catholic Health Locations

Catholic Health Home Care
144 Genesee Street
2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Mount St. Mary's Center for Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation
Witmer Park Medical Center
One Colomba Drive, Suite 5
Town of Niagara, NY 14305

Mount St. Mary's Hospital
5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY 14092

Partners In Rehab Sisters Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

Partners In Rehab West Seneca
550 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

Common Conditions Treated by Speech Therapy

Speech therapy treats conditions that affect your speech, voice, swallowing and other related disorders.

Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)

Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing.

This condition may interfere with eating, the enjoyment of food, and breathing. It can cause aspiration, when food or liquid enter the airway instead of the esophagus. Pneumonia or serious chronic lung disease can occur if a swallowing dysfunction is not addressed.


  • Coughing during or right after eating or drinking
  • Wet or gurgling sound of voice after eating or drinking
  • Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
  • Drooling or food getting stuck in the mouth
  • Recurring pneumonias
  • Weight loss from poor nutrition, dehydration

How We Can Help

We can:

  • Strengthen the muscles involved in swallowing
  • Teach you how to modify your diet
  • Teach you postures, behaviors and mouth movements that will help you to swallow

All Catholic Health speech-language pathologists are certified in the use of VitalStim® for the treatment of dysphagia.

Difficulty Speaking (Dysarthria)

Dysarthria is a speech disorder characterized by weakness, slow movement, and a lack of coordination of the muscles associated with speech. Dysarthria can result from neurological conditions, surgery, infections or head injuries.

Dysarthria and dysphagia may occur at the same time.


  • Slurred or slowed speech
  • Difficulty articulating
  • Strained voice
  • Uneven speech rhythm or volume

How We Can Help

We can:

  • Strenghten the muscles involved in swallowing and speech
  • Improve tongue movement to facilitate better sound
  • Teach you techniques that will improve your speech

Difficulty Using or Understanding Words (Aphasia)

Aphasia is a disorder that impairs a person's ability to understand and use language. It is most commonly the result of a neurological condition, such as a stroke or severe head injury.


  • Trouble with reading, writing or problem solving
  • Limited ability to understand speech
  • Diminished ability to speak; using strange or inappropriate words in conversation

Treatment Programs

We can:

  • Improve your communication skills
  • Improve the use of vocabulary and grammar
  • Increase your understanding of simple and complex directions
  • Promote high-level problem solving and functional tasks