Speech-Language and Swallowing Therapy
Speech-language and swallowing therapy addresses disorders of communication and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have disorders in communication and swallowing.
Communication encompasses speech, language, reading, writing, voice, cognition, and nonverbal communication. Communication disorders result when deficits in articulation/pronunciation, voice, fluency, language, cognition, or nonverbal communication interfere with a person’s ability to interpret information and/or exchange information with others.
Swallowing disorders interfere with individuals’ ability to consume food and liquids. People with impaired swallowing may describe food “sticking” in the throat, may repeatedly clear their throat, or cough or choke while eating or drinking.
Speech-language and swallowing therapy services offered at Harrington include evaluation and treatment in:
- Childhood speech delays/disorders
- Childhood language delays/disorders
- Neurologically based communication disorders
- Adult speech disorders (e.g., stuttering, laryngectomy)
- Cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, and reasoning)
- Neuromuscular oral-facial impairment (e.g., Bell’s Palsy)
- Swallowing disorders
Speech-language and swallowing therapy are available at the Southbridge campus. For more information please call 508-765-3120.