Nashoba Valley Medical Center

200 Groton Road, Ayer, MA 01432    978-784-9000

NashobaServices and Clinical CentersSpeech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology

Communication is Essential

The ability to communicate is our most human characteristic. Human communication is essential to learning, working and social interaction. Impaired communication can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Communications disorders do not have age barriers. They can happen to anyone at any time. Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s department of  speech-language pathology is able to evaluate patients of all ages on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Our speech-language pathologists will help identify and treat many types of speech and language disorders including stuttering or swallowing, and those that are a result of stroke, developmental delay, laryngectomy, or cleft palate. Following a thorough diagnostic evaluation, a specialized treatment program will be developed specifically for you. The speech-language pathologist will then work personally with each patient and family to achieve better communication.

What is a speech-language pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist is a professional educated in the study of human communication, its development and its disorders. By evaluating the speech and language skills of children and adults, the speech-language pathologist determines if communication problems exist and decides the best way to treat these problems.

Working Together
Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to meet the highest qualifications of the profession, the speech-language pathologist works closely with each patient to achieve better communication. In today’s world, such a critical skill deserves personal, professional attention.

How Do You Decide if an Evaluation is Needed?

An evaluation is probably needed if you answer yes to any of these questions:

  • Is speech or language so different from others of the same age that it attracts unfavorable attention?
  • Has there been a recent stroke (CVA)?
  • Is speech or language difficult to understand?
  • Do others need to interpret for him/her?
  • Does there appear to be difficulty in hearing or understanding speech?
  • Are there swallowing or eating difficulties?
  • Is communicating with others avoided because of self-consciousness about speech, language or hearing?
  • Are there reading, writing or spelling difficulties?
  • Do you need an individualized speech-language program?

Communication disorders diagnosed and treated may include the following:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation/phonology disorders
  • Dysphagia (swallowing)
  • Delayed language
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders

Getting Started

Referrals to for speech require a prescription from a physician, along with insurance authorization or referral, as required by the health care insurance.

For an appointment and/or further information about our services, please call the speech-language pathology department at 978-784-9350. 

Speech-language Pathology Department
Nashoba Valley Medical Center

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