Voice Services

The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come. — Steve Jobs

What is Voice Disorder? 

Voice disorder symptoms include vocal fatigue, hoarseness, raspiness, periodic loss of voice, inappropriate pitch, volume and tone of voice.

At PASTS, our expert speech and language pathologists help you improve your voice quality, pitch and stamina in a variety of ways. Voice therapy is inherently designed to reduce hoarseness through guided change in vocal behaviors and lifestyle changes. A strong daily vocal hygiene program plays a vital role in voice improvement.

How does a Speech-Language Pathologist address Voice Disorders?

Evaluation

If a voice disorder is suspected, our speech language pathologists will evaluate vocal characteristics related to phonation, respiration, resonance, vocal range, and flexibility. Our speech-language pathologists are trained to assess voice production and quality in order to plan a customized therapeutic program.

Implementation

Voice therapy focuses on protecting the vocal folds, improving voice quality, increasing breath control during speech, and preventing abnormal tension in other muscles around vocal folds. Therapy may include exercises and adopting new speaking behaviors. Let our speech-language pathologists help you build healthy voice habits and function.

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How To Get Started

Consultation

If you have questions about speech-language symptoms, please contact us today to speak directly with a speech-language pathologist for guidance.

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As soon as you complete your intake form, we will contact you to set up your first appointment. 

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FAQs

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Newborns with congenital problems may have communication-related needs from birth, and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of a neonatal multidisciplinary team. We often work with infants and toddlers at an early age (12-24 months) in areas such as swallowing and feeding, hearing and listening, oral-motor and speech, and attention and socialization.

You don’t necessarily know for sure. A speech-language pathologist can help you answer this question. Some indicators that might lead you to seek a consultation or screening are:
  • The child’s skills are immature compared to others in his playgroup or preschool.
  • Family members or friends alert you to differences that they observe.
  • The child’s developmental pattern is unusual compared to others his age.
  • There is a family history of speech, language, or learning problems.
  • There have been health issues, such as ear infections, which can impact communication.
A fully qualified speech-language pathologist must have a master’s degree from an accredited program, maintain a California speech pathology license, and hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many of our staff also have experience and advanced training in specialty areas.

Peninsula Associates has several talented clinicians with different specializations. Our director of operations will identify which speech-language pathologist is available and appropriate for a new client. Most clients are seen 2-4 weeks after the paperwork has been completed. There is sometimes a waiting period if a new children’s group is being formed, but we may see the new child individually in the interim.

PASTS, Inc. offers both private-pay and fee-for-service practice and we are an in-network provider for a growing number of insurance carriers. We also have close relationships with Sutter Health, Lucille Packard, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatricians, specialists, and clinicians. We can often obtain single-case agreements with other Insurance to access speech therapy benefits for your particular health insurance plan. Please contact our office to see how we can help you access your insurance benefits.