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At Spaulding Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Kent Hospital, our team of speech-language pathologists provides specialized services to facilitate the improvement of each patient’s skills and participation in functional, social, and vocational opportunities. Communication, cognition, and swallowing are major components of our everyday life and impact our quality of life. If you are experiencing any changes or difficulty with your speech, language, cognition, voice, or swallow as a result of a stroke, brain injury, progressive neurological disorder, or illness, our team of speech-language pathologists can provide you with the care and resources needed to improve your skills and regain independence.
Our speech-language pathologists are experts in treating aphasia, voice, cognition, and dysphagia. We are prepared to assess and analyze the presenting deficits impacting everyday life and provide skilled services to help you improve your prior level of function. Our team will work with you and your loved ones to create a treatment plan that is most functional for you and your personal goals, interests, and concerns. We utilize evidence-based practices for the most successful care and treatment. Skilled SLP services will provide you with the individualized treatment required to improve your speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing abilities.
Spaulding Outpatient Center of Kent Hospital | East Greenwich
A Kent Hospital Facility
1351 South County Trail Building 2, Suite 200A
East Greenwich, RI 02818
P: (401) 886-4650
Spaulding Outpatient Center of Kent Hospital | Pawtucket
Care New England Medical Group Primary Care and Specialty Services
A Kent Hospital Facility
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
P: (401) 729-2316
Videostroboscopy is a high-tech method of recording and observing the motion of the vocal cords. Videostroboscopy’s state-of-the-art technology enables viewing and identifying vocal cord conditions that were previously not visible. This technology assists the physician and speech pathologist with planning medical care. It allows for earlier detection of laryngeal disease, small growths such as nodules or polyps, vocal cord paralysis, structural abnormalities, broken blood vessels, or scarring. The equipment also permits functional voice disorders to be diagnosed and can be used to document patient performance before and after surgery, rehabilitation, radiation, or pharmaceutical intervention.
A scope with a tiny video camera and strobe light is placed in the patient’s mouth. Video equipment, a rapid flashing light source (stroboscope), and an endoscope are combined with a computer as the basic tools used to perform the examination. The camera projects a moving image of the vocal cords, frame by frame, onto the computer monitor. Videostroboscopy makes the vibrations of the vocal cords appear to be seen in slow motion, thus allowing abnormalities to be viewed more clearly. These images are immediately retrieved as a video recording or as a still photo. From the visual images, an accurate diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment initiated.
The videostroboscopy team includes Barbara Guillette, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist (a physician who specializes in the care of the ear, nose, and throat), and the speech-language pathology team member, who hold specialized certifications in videostroboscopy.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Pediatric Specialty services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy - all with the same goal: helping your child reach his or her full potential.