Speech and Language Therapy

Loyola Medicine’s speech and language therapy team provides evaluation and therapy services for communication, cognitive and swallowing impairments in patients of all ages. Loyola's experienced, certified and licensed speech and language pathologists are committed to your speech impairment prevention, rehabilitation and education.

Conditions Treated

Loyola’s speech and language therapy team provides comprehensive speech and language therapy for patients with a range of routine and complex conditions, including:

  • Burns
  • Dysphagia (swallowing/feeding) disorders
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Motor speech disorders (dysarthria, apraxia of speech)
  • Neurological disorders resulting in need for cognitive retraining, aphasia therapy, or swallowing intervention
  • Organic and functional voice disorders
  • Tracheotomy/ventilator swallowing and speaking valves

Treatment Techniques

Loyola’s licensed, certified speech and language therapists are highly experienced in helping pediatric and adult patients regain communication and cognitive and swallowing skills using advanced treatment techniques. We emphasize an individualized approach with tailored treatments, which may include:

  • Cognitive-linguistic therapy
  • Dysphagia (swallowing) therapy
  • Establishing augmentative or alternative communication systems
  • Feeding groups for swallowing therapy
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Passy-Muir valve
  • Speech and language production
  • Videofluoroscopic swallow study
  • Voice prosthetics

A doctor's referral is required to begin therapy services.

Pediatric Treatment Techniques

Inpatient and outpatient speech and language therapy services for children are provided through the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Caring for children requires a unique approach, and we at Loyola provide treatments that are specifically catered toward pediatric care. Speech and language therapy treatments for children may include:

  • Enhancing oral-motor or swallowing skills
  • Establishing augmentative or alternative communication systems
  • Facilitation of language articulation, cognitive and voice skills

Learn more about pediatric rehabilitative services.