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Speech Pathology

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 function.

Who Provides These Services?

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

Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults, to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders.

What Pediatric Services are Available?

Screening and diagnostic assessment for children of all ages with communication disorders secondary to:
Auditory Processing disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cerebral Palsy/Neurological disorders
Cleft Palate/Congenital anomalies
Developmental delays
Down Syndrome or other genetic disorders
Hearing loss/Recurrent Otitis Media
Speech/Language delay
Voice or Fluency disorder

Individualized therapeutic intervention for the following delays or disorders:
Articulation disorder/Oral motor dysfunction
Fluency or Voice Disorder
Receptive or expressive language delay or disorder

What Adult Services are Available?

Diagnostic assessment, including videofluoroscopic swallow studies (Modified Barium Swallow studies/MBS studies), and individualized therapeutic intervention for communication, cognitive or swallowing disorders (dysphagia) secondary to any of the following:
Alzheimer's Disease
CVA (Stroke)
Hearing Loss
Parkinson's Disease
Traumatic Brain Injury
Voice Pathology/voice disorder
Other Neurological disorders (MS, 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.

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) 630-6930.

Speech Pathologists are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Heywood Rehab Center

69 Pearson Boulevard
Gardner, MA 01440-3368
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