Speech, language and swallowing rehabilitation therapy is a service provided by a speech-language pathologist. These highly qualified professionals are licensed in the evaluation and treatment of articulation, language, stuttering, voice, cognition and swallowing disorders.

Our speech-language pathologists maintain a national clinical competence certificate through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), are licensed within the state in which they practice, and participate in annual continuing education programs in order to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and abilities. The speech-language pathologist can provide a high degree of effective evaluation and treatment to improve the overall quality of your speech, language and/or swallowing opportunities.

Who should receive speech and swallowing rehabilitation therapy?

Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Health offers a comprehensive range of speech and swallowing services for individuals from pediatrics through geriatrics. Evaluation and treatment services are available for:

Neurological Conditions:
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Neuromuscular speech disorders resulting from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) as well as other conditions
  • Geriatric-related conditions (patient/family education and counseling for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia)
Pediatric Conditions:
  • Speech and language disorders
Other Speech and Swallowing Conditions:
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Voice disorders
  • Articulation disorders
  • Stuttering/fluency

What does speech & swallowing rehabilitation involve?

Our speech-language pathologists will evaluate the specific needs of the patient and select a technique or a combination of techniques to serve the individual’s needs. Techniques can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Articulation improvement
  • Aphasia/Language therapy
  • Cognitive retraining for memory and attention as well as organizing and planning
  • Computer aided speech or alternative non-vocal communication
  • Swallowing therapy/modified barium swallowing exam
  • Stuttering/fluency
  • Voice improvement
  • Patient and family education

How long will speech & swallowing rehabilitation therapy take?

The speech-language or swallowing evaluation is completed on a one-on-one basis and can typically last for one hour. If treatment is recommended, follow up visits range from 45 -60 minutes in length. The duration and frequency of treatment ranges for each individual person and will be determined by the evaluating speech-language pathologist.