Speech-Language Pathology

You may be asking yourself "What exactly is Speech-Language Pathology?"  Great question!

Simply stated, speech-language pathology is the diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders, language disorders, swallowing disorders and cognitive-communication disorders. 

Let's take a more indepth look at what these disorders involve.

  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke or injury.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning and/or problem-solving.  These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, or other neurological factors, although some can be congenital.
  • Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g. stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his/her voice or resonance.
  • Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language).


LAMC's own speech-language pathologist, Justine Dodge, MS, CCC-SLP, is ready to help you if you are experiencing any problems in these areas.  Justine brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her job and has been practicing speech language pathology since 2007.  She has an extensive background with patients from a variety of settings, such as long-term care, skilled nursing, acute care, acute/sub-acute rehabilitation and outpatient therapy.

To get started, you will need an order from your physician. 

After you receive your order, or if you have any questions, please contact LAMC's Rehabilitation Department at 505-661-9494 to schedule your appointment.