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Speech-Language Pathology

At Marianjoy, we believe communication is crucial to your successful rehabilitation. Marianjoy employs a team of highly trained, state-licensed, and nationally certified speech-language pathologists that specialize in the evaluation and treatment of communication, cognitive, and swallowing problems in children and adults. Following a thorough evaluation of your skills in these areas, one of our speech-language pathologists will create a treatment plan designed around your needs.

Following a diagnostic evaluation, your speech-language pathologist may work with you on some or all of the following:

  • Communication
    • Language: Language disorders resulting from damage to the language centers of the brain may occur following a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor or other neurological change. Language disorders may affect listening and reading comprehension and/or verbal and written expression. Your speech-language pathologist will work collaboratively with other rehabilitation professionals, medical professionals and your family to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.
    • Speech: Following a stroke or brain injury, damage to parts of the nervous system related to speaking may cause problems sequencing sounds into syllables or words. Weak or uncoordinated speech muscles may also cause your speech to be slow, weak or uncoordinated. A speech-language pathologist will complete a thorough evaluation to assess your articulation, voice, fluency, rhythm and rate to develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
    • Voice: Following vocal misuse, vocal abuse, stroke, brain injury or neurological changes, alterations in pitch, loudness and vocal quality may occur. A speech-language pathologist will perform the non-medical evaluation of your voice and develop a treatment plan that may include education, consultation with an on-site laryngologist, computer therapy and exercise.
  • Cognitive-Communication: Your speech-language pathologist will work with you to improve your skills and abilities in attention, concentration, perception, orientation, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, information processing or new learning.
  • Swallowing: Marianjoy’s Swallowing and Voice Center has helped many patients return to a normal life where eating, drinking, talking and smiling are routine. Located at Marianjoy’s Wheaton campus, our state-of-the-art center provides diagnostic evaluations and treatments using the most advanced technology available.

Pediatric Services

A full range of pediatric services is available through the Speech-Language Pathology Department for children from birth through 18 years of age. Many of our pediatric patients have cerebral palsy, autism, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) or developmental delays.

Marianjoy’s speech-language pathologists are credentialed to provide early intervention services. Additionally, speech-language services are provided in collaboration with other rehabilitation professionals, medical professionals and public school programs.

You Want the Best:

Each Marianjoy speech-language pathologist has a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Speech-Language Pathology or is eligible for certification upon the completion of the clinical fellowship year.

The Speech-Language Pathology Department is accredited by the Council on Professional Services Accreditation (CPSA, formerly the Professional Services Board) of the American Speech-Language Hearing-Association.