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201 Health - - Hearing And Speech Therapy -

Young peo­ple who are blast­ing

their iPods in their ears might one day suf­fer from hear­ing loss,

says Dr. Ken­neth Bod­kin of Hack­en­sack Univer­sity

Med­i­cal Cen­ter

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.

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