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

Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s department of speech-language pathology can 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 individual treatment program will be developed. The speech-language pathologist will then work 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.

Our speech-language pathologists are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to meet the highest qualifications of the profession.

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 and other conditions diagnosed and treated may include the following:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation/phonology disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Dysphagia (swallowing)
  • Delayed language
  • GERD 
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders

How speech-language therapy can help

Our speech-language therapy program for pediatric, adolescent and adult patients can help:

  • Improve speech skills
  • Improve language skills
  • Improve short term memory/reasoning
  • Evaluate swallow with modified barium sallow
  • Improve school and work success
  • Pediatric patients requiring additional services to complement early intervention or school-based speech therapy

Getting started

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

To make an appointment or for more information, please call 978-784-9350.


Speech-Language Pathology Department
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
978-784-9350

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