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Speech-Language Pathology Services at Heywood Rehabilitation Center

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech & Language Pathology is the science devoted to the prevention, identification, evaluation, and habilitation/rehabilitation of a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. These may include difficulties with articulation (speech sound production), language processing and/or comprehension, expression of spoken or written language, fluency, voice, swallowing and oral motor control.

What Pediatric services are available?

Heywood Rehab offers screening and diagnostic assessment for children of all ages with communication disorders secondary to speech/language delay and hearing loss/recurrent Otitis Media. We also see patients with pervasive developmental disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders and various developmental delays. Other conditions treated include Cleft Palate/congenital anomalies, Cerebral Palsy/neurological disorders, voice/fluency disorders, Auditory Processing disorder, Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders.

We also offer individualized therapeutic intervention for children affected by delays or disorders including receptive or expressive language delay/disorder, articulation disorder/oral motor dysfunction, fluency and/or voice disorders. 

What Adult services are available?

For our adult patients, we offer diagnostic assessment, including videofluoroscopic swallow studies (Modified Barium Swallow studies/MBS studies) and individualized therapeutic intervention for communication or swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) secondary to anyone diagnosed with CVA (Stroke), traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, vocal pathology/voice disorder, hearing loss and other neurological disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, etc.).

How are these treated?

After completing a thorough evaluation, a comprehensive therapy program is developed. All therapy is designed to meet the needs of the individual, taking into consideration the patient’s age, preferences, and activities of daily life.

Who provides these services?

Our staff consists entirely of experienced Speech-Language Pathologists who are certified by the American Speech & Hearing Association, and licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.

How can you contact us?

The Speech-Language Pathology Department is located at the Heywood Rehabilitation Center at 69 Pearson Boulevard, Gardner, MA. Our telephone number is (978) 630-6900. Speech Pathologists are available Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Audiology Services at Heywood Rehabilitation Center

What is Audiology?

Audiology is the prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of a variety of hearing impairments and auditory processing disorders. 

What are Hearing Impairments & Processing Disorders?

Hearing Impairments are difficulties hearing sounds and/or understanding speech.  There are different types of hearing disorders, depending on where along the auditory track the disruption occurs. Auditory Processing disorders are difficulties in the ability to attend to, discriminate, recognize, or comprehend auditory information. Hearing impairments and Auditory Processing disorders may be caused by chronic ear infections, heredity, birth trauma, ototoxic drugs, head injury, viral or bacterial infection, noise exposure, aging, neurological impairment, and tumors.

What Audiological services are available?

Some of our audiological services include hearing aid evaluations and dispensing, including a variety of hearing aid options and manufacturers, state-of-the-art hearing aids and free hearing aid consultations. We offer many affordable options as well as hearing aid service and repair. Additionally, we have earmold and swim mold fabrication, hearing aid orientation and a 30 day trial period on all hearing aid devices. 

Patients also have access to screening and diagnostic audiological (hearing) evaluations, central auditory processing evaluations and occupational health hearing screenings.

Who provides these services?

Our staff consists entirely of experienced Audiologists who are all certified by the American Speech & Hearing Association, and licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.

How can you contact us?

The Audiology Department is located at the Heywood Rehabilitation Center at 69 Pearson Boulevard, Gardner, MA. Our telephone number is (978) 630-6900.  Audiologists are available Monday through Friday (limited hours on Mondays and Fridays; extended days available on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

 

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