Speech-Language Pathology and Voice Therapy at Spaulding Wellesley
If you are experiencing difficulties with speech, communication, cognition, voice, or swallowing as a result of illness injury, our team of speech language pathologists can provide the help and resources you need at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. We understand that these changes can be difficult physically and emotionally for you and your loved ones. Our team is here to guide and support you through each step.
Our speech-language pathologists are experts in treating aphasia, voice, cognition, communication, and dysphagia. Our site also offers patients the VitalStim© therapy program, that is designed to strengthen swallowing muscles in the patient with swallowing difficulties or dysphagia. Dysphagia refers to impairment of any part of the swallowing process. The VitalStim© therapy treatment can help patients with the following conditions:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Advanced Dementia
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Head and Neck Cancer Patients
- Myasthenia Gravis
Aphasia refers to difficulty understanding and expressing language; for example, trouble speaking, retrieving words from memory, understanding others’ speech, and writing. 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.
At the outpatient level, our therapists are prepared to assess and recognize the deficits impacting your life, whether you are transitioning from a more acute level of care, home care, or have been referred by your doctor. Our outpatient therapists are prepared to provide services for speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing.
Spaulding's Approach to Speech-Language Pathology and Voice Therapy
Spaulding’s speech pathologists evaluate and treat patients 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