Speech Therapy

When disability or illness interferes with your ability to speak or swallow, the Northwestern Medicine licensed and certified speech therapists can help you participate fully in life again. Northwestern Medicine speech therapy offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for speech, language, swallowing, voice and fluency disorders for both children and adults.

One of our speech therapists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and establish a therapy plan to meet your personal goals for using and understanding language, feeding and swallowing. Our dedicated team provides advanced assessment and therapeutic techniques to return you to the highest level of function possible.

The speech therapy team includes licensed speech therapists who assess and treat people from birth to elder years with diverse communication and swallowing disorders caused by a number of conditions, including:

Our speech and language pathologists also are renowned for their capabilities in caring for patients with laryngectomies.

Speech therapists use a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating communication and swallowing disorders. Your individualized treatment plan will be based on your specific needs and goals, but could include education and training in the following areas:

  • Articulation and language rehabilitation
  • Voice assessment and treatment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Head and neck cancer rehabilitation (focused on speech and swallowing)
  • Assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders
  • Videofluoroscopic swallowing evaluations
  • Geriatric feeding rehabilitation
  • VitalStim® to stimulate muscle activity necessary for functional swallowing
  • Pediatric feeding therapy
  • Pediatric screenings for speech development, fine motor skills and sensory processing issues
  • Family and caretaker education

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