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Department of Speech Diagnostics and Linguistic Therapy

As one of the few acute clinics in Germany, the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum has its own independent department of speech diagnostics and linguistic therapy. Here patients are treated that have speech, speaking and vocal disorders as well as with dysfunctions in the mouth and face region. In addition to patient care, the department also offers consultation and support as a service for relatives. 
  • Hospitalized Care
  • Outpatient Therapies
  • Treatment Methods
The main focus of the work in the inpatient field is the exact diagnosis and targeted therapy of patients with speech and speaking disorders such as:
  • Aphasia (speech disorder as a consequence of neurological diseases such as stroke, craniocerebral trauma, cerebral hemorrhage, tumors etc. that occur after speech had been fully developed)
  • Dysarthria (collective term for different speaking disorders that originate from acquired damages to the brain, respectively the cranial nerves or the peripheral facial nerves)
  • Speech apraxia (disturbance of the movements needed for speech)
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
  • Facial nerve paresis (functional disorder of the seventh cranial nerve resulting in paralysis of mimic facial muscles as well as other muscles and glands supplied by this nerve)
A special emphasis is on treatment of patients after tumor operations in the mouth, jaw or facial region who have to learn alternative methods for speaking and swallowing.
At the center of attention of the outpatient care is the treatment of the following abnormalities:
  • Speech development disorder and articulation disorders, myofunctional disorders (impaired muscle function of tongue, mouth and lips)
  • Hypernasality (nasal speech)
  • Speech development disorder in patients with multiple disabilities
  • Mouth, eating and swallowing disorders
  • Speech flow disorders such as stuttering, rumbling, elective or selective mutism (psychogenic silence)
  • Vocal disorders (organic or functional)
  • Neurological speech or articulation disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and speech apraxia
  • Facial nerve paresis
The department of speech diagnostics and linguistic therapy offers all standard treatment methods. Additionally, the qualified staff are specialized in the following methods:
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) in cases of facial nerve paresis (method that supports the regression of disturbed movement patterns)
  • Orofacial regulation therapy (ORT) in cases of eating or swallowing disorders
  • Electric stimulation therapy (recurrent nerve paralysis resulting in paralysis of vocal chords and larynx)
  • Interdisciplinary consultation-hour for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Castillo-Morales-Therapy
  • Facio-Oral-Tract-Therapy (FOTT) by K. Coombs
Alexandra Häger
Alexandra Häger
Tel.: 0234 / 299-4510
Fax: 0234 / 299-4511