Overview

Speech Pathology Center at Overlake Medical Clinics

Our speech therapists provide a comprehensive program of speech-language evaluation and treatment for communication, voice and swallowing disorders. We are conveniently located with free parking and a single access phone number.

A physician's referral is required. For more information call 425.688.5900 or see the How to Participate tab below.

Specialty Services: Swallowing

Swallowing problems, referred to as dysphagia, can be caused by neurological disorders or other injuries to the brain and/or musculature involved in swallowing. Abnormal swallowing can affect one’s ability to eat and drink safely, but successful swallowing can be achieved with treatment.

A physician’s referral is required prior to the evaluation.

A certified speech-language pathologist assesses the integrity of the swallow, and a treatment plan is developed and implemented. This plan may include food texture or liquid adjustments, swallow precautions and techniques, and exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination.

Modified Barium Swallow studies utilizing video fluoroscopy are available for further assessment and diagnosis of swallowing disorders.

FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) is also available, to further assist with assessment of swallow function and response to therapeutic interventions to improve overall swallow.

The experienced staff at Overlake plan individual and group therapy programs for adults. All members of the staff hold the certification of clinical competence in speech-language pathology recognized by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Specialty Services: Voice Therapy

The Voice Therapy specialty service can offer assessment and treatment to patients with functional dysphonia, vocal nodules secondary to vocal misuse, puberphonia, aphonia, post laryngeal cancer, psychogenic dysphonia, irritable larynx syndrome, dysarthrophonia, spasmodic dysphonia and parodoxical vocal fold movement.

The sound of our voice is integral to our self image and if it changes following surgery, illness or stress, it can impact our lives significantly. Voice changes can encompass symptoms of a hoarse, strained voice,a weak voice or an absent voice. These can be caused by surgery, a bad case of flu, stress, or overuse in difficult environments.

An experienced speech pathologist is able to skillfully assess the sound of the voice and determine factors that may be contributing to the problem. Perceptual and instrumental measures are used. Voice therapy is aimed at improving the way the muscles of the voice are used, in order to reach a patients’ optimum voice quality.

A physician referral for Speech Therapy is required prior to seeing patients.

All services include a comprehensive evaluation and patient and family education as needed. All treatment is performed by speech and language pathologists licensed in Washington.

Specialty Services: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®-LOUD)

The LSVT-LOUD program is a highly specialized and nationally recognized type of speech therapy for patients with voice and speech disorders as a result of Parkinson's disease. It's a time-intensive but simple program consisting of 16 one-hour sessions scheduled over the course of one month that helps patients improve the volume and clarity of their speech. The treatment techniques and vocal exercises teach patients to increase and strengthen their breath and exaggerate their speech volume so they can talk much louder and more clearly than they used to.

Overlake's LSVT-certified Speech-Language Pathologist is one of five LSVT therapists in Bellevue.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition that often causes a weak, breathy voice and indistinct speech, along with other physical symptoms including tremors and a slow, shuffling gait. Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and cognitive impairments can also accompany the disease.

A physician referral for Speech Therapy is required prior to seeing patients.

All services include a comprehensive evaluation and patient and family education as needed. All treatment is performed by speech and language pathologists licensed in Washington.

How to Participate

If you are interested in our Speech Pathology program, please do the following:

  • Obtain a doctor's referral for therapy, which can be faxed to 425.688.5912
  • Call the Overlake Outpatient Rehabilitation Center to schedule an appointment at 425.688.5900
  • Bring a list of medications you are taking
  • Bring your pertinent medical history

The clinic is located just north of the hospital at:

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Washington Park Complex
1417 116th Avenue NE
Suite 110
Bellevue, WA

FREE parking is available in a level surface parking lot directly in front of the clinic.

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