Speech-language therapy may be recommended for diagnosis and treatment for a number of reasons, including: delayed speech and language, unintelligible speech, loss of communicative or cognitive abilities, or difficulty with feeding and swallowing.
Outpatient speech-language therapy is provided at our regional center for rehabilitation services (located at 25 Marston Street, Suite 106, Lawrence, MA – just a quarter of a mile away from the main Lawrence General campus.) A physician’s order is required for all treatment.
Services for Children
We evaluate and treat children who need speech-language therapy related to conditions such as: speech and language disorder/delay, developmental delay, stuttering disorder, autism and apraxia. Each child’s specific therapy needs will be determined by a speech-language pathologist following an extensive evaluation, and a treatment plan will be created based on the child’s difficulties and the individual needs of the patient and family. Therapy may focus on a number of areas of speech and language, including: articulation, auditory comprehension, verbal expression, augmentative communication, play, social-interaction, and feeding/swallowing. We understand how important family involvement is when treating children with speech and language difficulties, and strive to include the family in all aspects of our care. Click here to identify the red flags of communication disorders for children.
Services for Adults
Speech and language difficulties may affect adults following injury or illness, or as they age. Some of the conditions which may require speech language therapy for adults include: stroke, cardiovascular/pulmonary conditions, degenerative neuromuscular disease, swallowing disorders, head trauma, brain tumors, neurological diseases – including Parkinson’s Disease, vocal nodules and vocal abuse, and oral pharyngeal/laryngeal cancer. Speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing skills will be assessed by a speech-language pathologist, and the appropriate treatment will be recommended and provided. Patients are well educated on the etiology of their deficits and typical course of treatment, which empowers them to best manage their speech, language, and swallowing difficulties. Click here to find out what the red flags of cognitive-communication-swallowing disorders in adults are.
Modified Barium Swallow Studies MBS)
Modified Barium Swallow studies are completed on both and inpatient and outpatient basis and performed in the Radiology Department. In these studies, a speech-language pathologist observes the patient swallowing multiple consistencies of barium under video fluoroscopy. This allows the clinician to determine the appropriate food and drink consistencies for the individual, as well as which strategies are useful in managing the patient’s swallowing difficulties.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at:
Marston Medical Center
25 Marston Street
Lawrence, MA 01843
978-683-4000, ext. 2061
Andover Medical Center
323 Lowell Street, 3rd Floor
Andover, MA 01810