As Director and lead clinical Speech Pathologist for SNR, Inc. and the Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation, Kathleen Smead, MS,CCC/SLP offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services. These include swallowing, voice, stroke, and vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). From years of practice, Ms. Smead has also developed therapeutic tools which are sold internationally for the treatment of swallowing and speech
We offer state of the art evaluation of the swallow including a comprehensive swallow assessment, FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow) and IOPI (Iowa Oral Proficiency Instrument). We are trained in myofascial release and offer NMES (Vital Stim) treatments along with a swallow exercise program using the TheraSIP and TonguePRESS treatments.
SNR, Inc. offers an in-depth voice assessment incorporating a voice analysis, a laryngeal exam with videostroboscopy, and assessment for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LSVT LOUD. We also provide voice treatment for hoarseness resulting from overuse, age or misuse. We offer laryngectomy rehabilitation and are trained in trachea oesophageal punction (TEP).
Our center assesses speech intelligibility problems rising from muscle weakness, spasticity or progressive neurological disease. We are able to provide baseline recordings and vocal assessments for individuals with illnesses that cause a slow deterioration of speech and voice ability. We can track any changes in their communication abilities each year and tailor make home exercise regimes to slow the process and maintain functions at the highest level possible. We use the latest in treatment tools available including the IOPI, the TonguePRESS, TheraSIP, IPAD Apps and NMES to help improve communication abilities.
We are experts in the treatment of language loss or expressive difficulties resulting from CVA, head injury or disease. We incorporate computer based programs in addition to IPAD interventions to build daily home study exercises to augment treatment.
Vocal Cord Dysfunction
SNR, Inc. specializes also in the treatment of vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). We can diagnosis the specific factors effecting easy breathing abilities and provide exercises to control or eliminate the symptoms.