Speech-Language Pathology services at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital includes the diagnosis and treatment of adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing problems. Swallow Evaluations include Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies, or Videofluorscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS) which are conducted in our Radiology Department with collaboration between Speech-Language Pathology and Radiology. We also complete Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) studies for assessment of swallowing disorders.
Our clinicians also evaluate and treat children with feeding and swallowing difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, failure to thrive and picky eaters. We utilize the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach for the treatment of feeding disorders. Through the utilization of this holistic approach to feeding therapy, we address the whole child to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding problems through sensory desensitization.
In addition, we provide services addressing speech and language across the full age spectrum (birth to age 18), including but not limited to developmental articulation, expressive language disorders, stuttering, implementation of Assistive Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, social pragmatic language and articulation therapy for those with hearing loss.
SLPs are professionals who identify, evaluate and treat a wide range of speech, language and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan.
An SLP has a master’s or doctoral degree based on specified coursework and supervised clinical practice, has passed a national standardized examination and has completed an additional nine months of closely supervised clinical work.
People with communication disorders are young, old and in-between. Their problems may have existed from birth or resulted from an illness, accident or disease.
* Pediatric services (age 18 and under)
Yes. Data collected by ASHA indicates that people who receive speech and language pathology services make improvements in all settings (hospital, outpatient and long-term care), including:
Over HALF of patients in an acute care or rehabilitation hospital had feeding tubes removed by their time of discharge after receiving speech and language pathology services for dysphasia
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