Restoring the ability to communicate
Speech therapists treat a wide variety of disorders related to speech, language, voice, swallowing, and fluency. For example, they can help patients who:
- Have difficulty swallowing
- Can’t speak well or at all
- Struggle with an inappropriately-pitched or harsh voice
- Want to modify an accent
Some of these problems are not medically related, while others may be the result of a stroke, brain injury or deterioration, developmental delays or disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, voice pathology, mental retardation, hearing loss, or emotional problems.
Regardless of the cause, however, when someone is having trouble communicating, it’s traumatic for that person and for his or her family, too. That’s why speech therapists also provide counseling to families about communication disorders, helping them cope with stress and misunderstanding and teaching them proven techniques that help restore the vital ability to communicate.
Specific speech therapy services include:
- Adaptive technology training
- Compensatory training techniques
- LSVT LOUD
- Modified Barium Swallow
- VitalStim Dysphagia
- Voice training (Expressive Dysphasia/Receptive Dysphasia)
- Swallow training (dysphagia)
- Pediatric Therapy
To learn more about speech therapy, or to set an appointment with a speech therapist, please call Back Bay Rehabilitation at 603.569.7565 or e-mail BackBay@hugginshospital.org.