Speech-Language Pathology/ Voice Therapy Services
Every patient deserves to understand and be understood.
If illness, injury or disability has limited your communication, thinking (cognitive), or swallowing abilities, Spaulding’s Speech-Language Pathologists will provide the therapy you need, selecting the best treatment options to create the most effective plan of care for you.
Spaulding speech-language pathologists are experts in treating aphasia and dysphagia. Aphasia refers to difficulty understanding and expressing language; for example, trouble speaking, retrieving words from memory, understanding others’ speech, and writing. Dysphagia refers to impairment of any part of the swallowing process. Both can have major consequences for the patient’s quality of life and health. While dealing with these issues can be physically and emotionally trying, we will support and guide you every step of the way.
Through Spaulding’s Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy Program, children with speech-language disorders, delays and disabilities receive high quality evaluations, coordinated care and intervention with state-of-the-art services to support their physical, emotional, social and academic development.
Advanced Speech Therapy to Improve Function and Quality of Life
Spaulding’s speech pathologists evaluate and treat adults and children with impairments in communication, thinking and remembering, feeding and swallowing resulting from:
- Brain injury (acquired or traumatic)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Spinal cord injury
- Other neurological disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delay
- Down syndrome
- Other neurological disorders
Speech pathologists draw upon a variety of techniques and resources to improve your ability to function and/or to compensate for whatever difficulties you or your child may be experiencing.
Speech pathologists work in inpatient and outpatient settings. Inpatients with neurological impairments receive speech therapy services as part of a comprehensive plan of care designed to restore maximum function and independence in all areas of life. An interdisciplinary team will work with you and your family to provide care tailored to your individual needs.
Family members are important to the rehabilitation process. Through training and education, we’ll help them play an active support role during your hospital stay and after your return home. If you need outpatient therapy, experienced speech therapists are ready to assist you at multiple locations across the Spaulding Network with the same personalized approach to care.
Specialized therapy options vary by location:
- Alternative and Augmentative Communications, a set of strategies, methods, and devices to assist people who are unable to meet their communication needs through speech or writing.
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®), a therapy technique that increases vocal loudness, intonation and voice quality in individuals with certain neurological diagnoses and enhances the ability to produce intelligible speech.
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation with VitalStim, a device that facilitates the strengthening process of the swallowing muscles.
- Vibrant Voices, an interactive speech exercise group for people with Parkinson’s disease who have completed LSVT® within the past two years.