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Speech‑Language Pathology

CentraState Medical Center provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient therapy services to patients of all ages with speech, language, voice, swallowing and/or cognitive-linguistic deficits. Our speech-language pathologists have advanced training and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Conditions/Diagnoses Treated
Adult patients with Stroke, Progressive Neurological Diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic brain injury or Brain Tumor, Head and Neck Cancer for difficulty with voice and/or swallowing are treated for the following:

  • Receptive and Expressive Language Impairment/Aphasia and Apraxia or Dysarthria (Slurred Speech)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in voice quality 
  • Changes in cognition (memory, ability to think clearly or organize daily responsibilities) 
  • Pediatric diagnoses:
    • Articulation & phonology disorders
    • Speech delay
    • Language delay or disorder
    • Auditory processing disorder
    • Feeding &/or swallowing difficulties
    • Fluency
    • Voice disorder 
    • Cognitive deficits 
    • Apraxia
    • Augmentative & alternative communication

All therapists are trained in performance of  Modified Barium Swallow Studies – a non-invasive swallowing test performed under x-ray. 

M.S. certified specialist is also available.

VitalStim® Therapy for Swallowing Disorders
CentraState's VitalStim® Therapy program is specifically targeted for outpatients with dysphagia— or problems swallowing—which can occur due to stroke, traumatic head injury, certain cancer treatments or the onset of a neurological disease or respiratory condition. VitalStim Therapy uses an electrical current to stimulate the muscles that are responsible for swallowing. While the muscles are stimulated, a trained rehabilitation specialist guides the patient through a series of exercises designed to "re-educate" the muscles to help with swallowing.

For more information on VitalStim Therapy at CentraState, please refer to the VitalStim Therapy brochure in the Related Documents box to the right.

Modified Barium Swallow Test
A Modified Barium Swallow is an X-ray used to determine the safety and function of swallowing. Pictures are taken while drinking liquids and eating foods. Barium is mixed with liquids and foods, such as puddings or cookies, to show how safely they can be managed to determine what liquids and foods are safe to swallow. MBS may also detect if food or liquids go into the larynx (windpipe) and lungs. With MBS, problems related to swallowing may be diagnosed, and proper treatment may be given.

Adult Speech and language therapy patients please complete and print the Patient History Form under Related Documents at right, and bring with you to your first appointment.

Contact Us
For further information, or to make an appointment, contact CentraState's Rehabilitation Medicine Department at (732) 294-2700.

If you would like to speak to a Speech-Language Pathologist on staff, please see below so you can be directed to the appropriate therapist:

Marilyn Abrahamson, MA,CCC-SLP
Adult Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology Program and Modified Barium Swallow scheduling

Joanne Christodoulou, MA,CCC-SLP
Pediatric Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology Program

Brittany Bonner, MS, CCC-SLP
Inpatient Speech-Language Pathology Program

Related Documents

       VitalStim Therapy
       Patient History Form
       Pediatric History - 
        Feeding Evaluation
       Pediatric History - 
        Speech/Language Evaluation