To provide exceptional, family-centered services for the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders of patients of all ages seen through multidisciplinary clinics, outpatient facilities, & those who are hospitalized at Nebraska Medicine, develop the next generation of the highly skilled practitioners and develop a research foundation to lead trends in clinical practice.
- Speech-language pathology (SLP) began at MMI approximately 1959.
- The Scottish Rite RiteCare Clinic began in 1976 as the Scottish Rite Childhood Aphasia Program in Lincoln, NE. MMI took over administration of the RiteCare Clinics in 1979 and it became the Scottish Rite Parent-Child Language Program.
- Started ongoing speech-language conferences approximately 1979, which developed into the annual AAC conference.
- Began offering clinical services in the hospital approximately 1986.
- Added augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services and joined the pediatric swallowing team approximately 1988.
- AAC Preschool started approximately 1993.
- 26 SLPs
- Support 4 RiteCare Clinics across Nebraska: Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, and Kearney
- Provide services through RiteCare, traditional outpatient therapy, inpatient and outpatient services at Nebraska Medicine (NM), and AAC services through Omaha Public Schools (OPS).
- Serve approximately 2,000 patients per year at MMI.
- Provide services to approximately 2,000 inpatients/outpatients per year within Nebraska Medicine, including adult and pediatric units and the NICU.
- Served 12 patients via telehealth last year from Papillion to Valentine, NE.
- Provide seven types of services: Speech, Language, Voice, Swallowing, Cognition, AAC, and Parent Training.
- Supported 20 different Omaha Public Schools (OPS) annually.
- Provide seven Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) preschool sessions each week.
- Provide expertise in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), pediatric neuromotor based swallowing disorders.
- Support three additional contracts: AAC services at OPS, Otolaryngology Voice Clinic and Scottish Rite RiteCare Clinics.
- Provide services to five multidisciplinary clinics: Autism Diagnostic Clinic, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, ALS Clinic, Concussion Clinic, Huntington’s Clinic and Parkinson’s Clinic.
- Provide two highly specialized instrumental swallowing exams: Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES).
Education and Research Activities
- Organize and lead the annual AAC Conference.
- Train five SLP graduate students each year in their final semester long hospital externship.
- Train approximately 30 additional graduate SLP students per year in pre-externship placements including: Autism Diagnostic Clinic, AAC Preschool in Omaha and Lincoln, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic, Hanen Parent Training Program, Project ImPACT, Goodrich Scholarship Program.
- Provide ongoing guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology courses at 4 universities: UNMC, UNO, College of St. Mary, Creighton University.
- Lead a Swallowing Airway Voice Evaluation education group two times monthly.
- Provide ongoing clinical observations to undergraduate SLP students.
- Participate in training approximately 10 high school students each year through the High School Alliance.
- Collaborate with Nebraska Medicine NICU on research with N-Trainer to improve sucking and swallowing abilities of babies in NICU.
- Engage in ongoing research studies related to AAC, CAS, pediatric swallowing and motor speech disorders.