Laryngectomy

The UB Alaryngeal Speech Clinic was established 30 years ago. It provides assessment and treatment for laryngectomees - individuals who have undergone surgical removal of the larynx due to cancer, or in some cases, severe injury.

The Alaryngeal Speech Clinic provides both individual and group therapy for those patients desiring to developing functional communication skills through the use of an artificial larynx, esophageal speech or speech production status post tracheoesophageal puncture.

Each patient is assessed prior to the commencement of therapy. Individual and group goals are established to meet the specific needs of each patient. In addition to activities designed to facilitate improved speech production, informational counseling is provided for both the patients and families regarding physical and psychosocial aspects of laryngectomee rehabilitation. Services are also coordinated with a local support group, The New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier.

For further information, contact Dona Hue Ritter-Schmidt (dhrs@buffalo.edu)