TUNE IN AND OUT
Young people who are blasting
their iPods in their ears might one day suffer from hearing loss,
says Dr. Kenneth Bodkin of Hackensack University
On the county level, the New Jersey Early Intervention System is coordinated by the Bergen County Department of Health Services.
“Our mission,” says Neringa Fonarev, R.N., program coordinator for Bergen County Special Child Health Services, “is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and healthrelated needs of children birth to age 3 who have delays or disabilities by providing quality services and support to families and their children.”
Fonarev directs a team of experienced service coordinators and case managers skilled in providing assistance to families whose children have been diagnosed with hearing impairments, speech delays, or other developmental or disabling conditions.
Speech issues aren’t limited to children, though. A range of neurological disorders, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury, can contribute to cognitive communication disorders among the older population, says Myra M. Sarnoski, a speech-language pathologist at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.
In addition, she says, “Voice disorders, such as hoarseness and breathiness due to vocal abuse and misuse, can result in structural changes, such as nodules, polyps or edema.”
Sarnoski and her team employ a variety of speech, language and cognitive approaches, including exercises, drills and training with use of compensatory strategies, as well as the specialized Lee Silverman Voice Therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease.