Hazley believes in helping adults regain communication to maintain their social lives and strengthen their interactions with family and friends. Her dedication to evidence-based practice and patient-centered care sets her apart from other SLPs. Hazley’s compassion and ability to connect, allows her to build trusting and collaborative relationships with her clients. She goes above and beyond making sure her clients and their families feel comfortable and have answers to their questions.Learn More
Swallowing problems can occur at any point throughout the lifespan and may result from a variety of circumstances ranging from neurological disorders, to acute medical events, to a normal process of aging. Speech-language pathologists are involved in the diagnosis and management of dysphagia.
Since the brain is controlled by various structures within the brain, any damage to the brain can cause a cognitive-communication impairment. Treatment plans are created based on the severity of the impairment and individual needs of the patient and family considering each case is unique.
A Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) assessment is a valuable imaging service used to assess how well you swallow. FEES has been found to be a GOLD STANDARD in assessment and management of oropharyngeal dysphagia. During the procedure, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) passes a thin, flexible instrument through your nose. Then the SLP views parts of your throat as you swallow.
We use many muscles to talk. These include muscles in our face, lips, tongue, and throat, as well as muscles we use for breathing. It is harder to talk when these muscles are weak. Dysarthria happens when you have weak muscles due to brain damage. It is a motor speech disorder and can range from mild to severe.Learn more
If you have Parkinson’s disease and notice changes in your voice, speech, or cognition, the SPEAK OUT!® program might be right for you. We are certified in the SPEAK OUT!® program and are happy to offer a free consultation to see if it is a good fit for you.
Brighter Pathways Speech offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to scheduling an evaluation.
Once an evaluation is recommended, we require a physician's order prior to the start of treatment.
Once a full evaluation is recommended, the client and caregivers will participate in a comprehensive assessment of skills in many areas in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. This will either be done in-person (at your home) or Telehealth services due to COVID-19 outbreak.
A treatment plan will be created and goals will be developed to target strengths and weaknesses in order to promote independence and maximize quality of life.