The Speech-Language Pathology Department at Craig Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for people with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries and sets as its standard, the American-Speech-Language Hearing-Association’s overall goal to “make communication a human right, accessible and achievable for all." The department has 25 total staff members including inpatient, outpatient, and on-call therapists who function as key team members to help identify personally and contextually-relevant goals for each patient. With these goals in mind, the department works with the rehabilitation team to facilitate growth of the cognitive and behavioral skills, motor speech, learning strategies, communication abilities, and swallow functions needed to achieve those goals.
Kim Frey, Director of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Craig says, "Understanding that neurologic injury can affect a person’s cognitive, social, behavioral, and/or emotional functioning, our department takes a holistic, but individualized approach with every person with whom we work." This comprehensive frame-of-mind means embracing the family as part of the rehabilitative team to help inform rehabilitative goals and plan-of-care. Speech-language pathology staff at Craig work together to help the patient and family achieve the skills, independence, and safety necessary and beneficial for daily functioning here and beyond Craig Hospital. The rehabilitative expertise of the team is cultivated by a hospital-wide culture that supports translation of efficacious research into innovative and evidence-based clinical practice.