Free, Virtual Speech, Language, and Cognitive Therapy Offered to Our Campus Community
Human resources is excited to share a special offering from Yeshiva University’s Katz School of Science and Health that can benefit members of our Einstein community and their family members residing in New York State who may be in need of speech, language and/or cognitive therapy.
Licensed clinical faculty and graduate clinicians from the MS in Speech Language Pathology at Katz are prepared to help individuals through free, online sessions addressing the following conditions:
- Expressive and receptive language disorders
- Articulation and motor speech disorders
- Swallowing disorders aphasia treatment
- Cognitive therapy
- Accent reduction
"All you need is an internet connection and an hour," said Andrew Christler, a clinical assistant professor and a medical speech-language pathologist with expertise in voice disorders, transgender voice and swallowing difficulty. "However, clients must commit to an hour a week for an entire semester."
Brittany Palmer, a clinical supervisor and expert in voice disorders, said clients in the clinic range in age from toddlers to international students and highly skilled professionals, like doctors and lawyers who want to sound more natural when they speak. "Accent modification isn't about English proficiency or learning the language," said Brittany. "It's about pronunciation, the musicality of language. They want to be understood more clearly."
Students in the Speech-Language Pathology master's program must finish 400 clinical hours before they graduate. In this past academic year, they provided 752 treatment sessions amounting to $90,000 of free speech therapy services. "Even if people aren't sure they have an issue or haven't been formally diagnosed, they should get an evaluation," noted Brittany. "It's free. They have nothing to lose."
“Any number of issues can cause problems with speech or swallowing that therapy can help,” said Carla Pasquali, director of benefits at Einstein. “These can include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, a traumatic head injury or concussion, and cognition concerns. We encourage anyone who can benefit from these free speech therapy sessions to sign up. And we thank Yeshiva and the Katz School for this offering this opportunity to our campus community.”
Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2021