Speech Therapy | Swallowing Therapy

Are you worried about a child or loved one’s ability to use words, or to swallow foods? The speech-language pathologists (SLPs) at MaineHealth help adults and children with speech problems, communication problems and swallowing problems.

Who needs speech and swallowing therapy?

People who need speech and swallowing therapy may have problems making sounds, understanding others, or sharing thoughts. They also may have feeding and swallowing problems (dysphagia).

People with the following conditions may benefit from speech and swallowing therapy:

  • Aphasia/ Apraxia / Dysarthria (language disorders)

  • Autism-spectrum disorders

  • Cognitive-communication disorders

  • Dementia

  • Developmental delays

  • Memory impairments

  • Brain injury

  • Neurological disorders

  • Stroke

  • Vocal cord dysfunction

  • Voice disorders

  • Stuttering

  • Swallowing disorders

Pediatric speech therapy and swallowing therapy

Speaking and language are important to a child’s development and learning. Feeding and swallowing are critical to growth. Speech and swallowing therapy can help with:

  • Speech delays

  • Problems making sounds and words

  • Stuttering

  • Brain injury

  • Autism-spectrum disorders

  • Problems feeding and swallowing

A doctor’s referral will be needed for speech therapy and swallowing.

 

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