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Speech-Language Pathology

Your speech-language pathologist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Following a diagnostic evaluation, your speech-language pathologist may work with you on some or all of the following conditions:

  • 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 impairment. Language disorders involve trouble understanding or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings. Language disorders may be spoken or written, including form, content and/or proper use of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
  • Speech: Physical or neurological impairment or malformation may cause problems sequencing sounds into syllables or words. Weak or uncoordinated vocal muscles may also cause speech to be slow, weak or uncoordinated.
  • Voice: Vocal misuse, stroke, brain injury or other neurological events may cause alterations in pitch, loudness and vocal quality.
  • Cognitive-Communication: Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning and/or problem-solving.
  • Swallowing: Swallowing disorders are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Marianjoy's Swallowing and Voice Center

Located on Marianjoy's Wheaton campus, the state-of-the-art center provides diagnostic evaluations and treatments using the most advanced technology available.

Pediatric Services

The Marianjoy Speech-Language Pathology Department offers a full range of pediatric services for children from birth through 18 years of age. Marianjoy speech-language pathologists are credentialed to provide early intervention services. Additionally, speech-language therapists collaborate with public schools to maximize success for children in their academic environments.