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 video fluoroscopic 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.