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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

Speech therapy (ST) is designed to help people with conditions that affect their speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related disorders.


Dysphagia impairs swallowing and may interfere with nutrition, the enjoyment of food, and breathing. Aspiration is when food and/or liquid enter the airway instead of the esophagus. Aspiration may lead to pneumonia or serious chronic lung disease 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

Our treatment programs target:

  • Strengthening the muscles involved in swallowing
  • Specifying food or liquid modifications
  • Teaching compensatory postures, behaviors and oral movements.

All Catholic Health Speech-Language Pathologists are certified in the use of VitalStim® for the treatment of dysphagia.


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 co-occur.


Difficulty with articulation, quality of sound, rhythm, melody or process of speech
Treatment Programs

How We Can Help

Our treatment programs target:

  • Strenghtening muscle involved in swallowing and speech
  • Improving tongue movement to facilitate better sound
  • Teaching compensatory techniques and / or alternative or augmentative systems


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


  • Difficulties with reading, writing, problem solving, orientation or attention
  • Limited auditory comprehension
  • Diminished verbal expression
  • Need for alternative / augmented communication

Treatment Programs

Our treatment programs target:

  • Improving social communication skills
  • Improving and understanding use of vocabulary and grammar
  • Increasing understanding / answering of simple and complex directions
  • Promoting high-level problem solving and functional tasks