female doctor touching the throat of a patient in the officeRMC’s speech-language pathology department is part of a complete rehabilitation facility located at The Tyler Center. Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The speech department offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of adults and children. Speech therapy programs are offered for children or who are experiencing difficulty communicating or who are experiencing language-based learning disorders.

Services for adults include rehabilitative therapy following a stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, swallowing disorders, voice disorders, or Laryngectomy. If you or a loved one are having difficulty with communicating or swallowing effectively we invite you to learn more about Speech-Language Pathology (pediatric and adult) services offered through RMC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic at The Tyler Center.


Pediatric Services

RMC offers the following speech-language pathology services for children:

  • Speech- language delay, articulation, apraxia
  • Programs to enhance the child’s ability to effectively communicate
  • Stuttering evaluation and treatment
  • Augmentative and alterative communication
  • Evaluate and treat using adaptive tools for speech disorders
  • Oral motor and tongue thrust evaluation
  • Evaluate and treat the mobility, coordination, and strength of the tongue, lips, and cheeks

Adult Services

RMC offers the following speech-language pathology services for adults:

  • Evaluation / treatment of swallowing problems
    • Clinical Swallow Exam
    • Modified Barium Swallow Study
    • Vital Stim-Therapy to retrain swallowing muscles
  • Treatment for Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Speech Therapy to help with memory, problem-solving, reasoning, and communication
  • Videostroboscopy evaluation of the vocal chords and voice analysis
  • Computer-assisted voice therapy
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluation and treatment for patients who cannot use traditional speech

Treatment Services

The outpatient rehabilitation clinic at The Tyler Center offers a wide range of assessment and treatment services for persons with communication or swallowing difficulties.

  • Vital Stirn
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Visi Pitch
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • Aphasia
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Autism
  • Speech Delay
  • Stuttering
  • Cognitive Deficits
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

To make an appointment

We work under a doctor’s order, so the first step is to talk to your doctor about your concerns and ask for a referral to RMC’s speech-language pathology services located at The Tyler Center. Your physician must send us an order to request evaluation and treatment. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment upon receiving this order.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the RMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at The Tyler Center at: (256) 235-5688.


Stringfellow Speech Therapy

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. RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital’s speech therapists work closely with neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and other specialists to thoroughly evaluate patients and treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Cognitive communication disorders, including memory and problem-solving difficulties
  • Language disorders, such as aphasia
  • Lisping or stuttering
  • Motor speech disorders, including dysarthria and apraxia
  • Speech conditions resulting from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Swallowing disorders, such as dysphagia
  • Voice disorders, including dysphonia

Speech and swallowing therapy treatments

RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital’s speech therapists provide education, support and treatment strategies to improve communication and swallowing, utilizing a range of treatment options such as:

  • Cognitive retraining, following stroke or other neurological impairment
  • Customized exercises designed to strengthen muscles used in speaking or swallowing
  • Electrical stimulation, such as VitalStim therapy, to improve swallowing ability by retraining
  • motor nerves in the throat
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), to improve communication and quality of life for
  • individuals with Parkinson’s disease
  • Nutrition or diet modifications
  • Recommendations and training for communication devices

Our speech therapists provide customized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique challenges, and offer valuable information and encouragement to support each individual’s goals.