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Pediatric Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders

The Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats children and adolescents with speech, language, reading and swallowing impairments and disorders.

The Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is committed to ensuring that children and adolescents with speech, language, reading, and swallowing impairments and disorders receive services by offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatment programs in the acute inpatient and outpatient settings. Treatment is provided by speech-language pathologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at the Chelsea and Revere HealthCare Centers who specialize in diagnosing and treating oral and written language, feeding and swallowing disorders.

Services we provide include:

Group and Individual Services and Programs

Children with an array of disorders are seen in an outpatient setting with individualized treatment tailored to the child’s needs. The services are intended for short-term intervention and are followed with a transition plan from hospital services to those within the school systems and/or communities.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Program

Services are provided for evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing problems. Feeding evaluations are conducted either by a speech-language pathologist or multidisciplinary team depending on the complexity of the feeding issue.

Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Evaluation

A velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) study is a multiview radiographic study performed with the speech-language pathologist and pediatricradiology staff. VPI studies evaluate the movement of the muscles for speech to help determine why a child may be experiencing nasal speech for children at least 4 years of age. In addition, a clinical evaluation of speech and resonance is offered to examine speech development and nasal resonance balance. Short-term resonance therapy is also available.

Pediatric Therapy Team

The Pediatric Therapy Team (PTT) is dedicated to the personalized and comprehensive assessment and care of children and adolescents with complex medical, developmental, emotional and learning needs. A unique feature of the evaluation process is the collaboration between the team members: speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and physical therapist. Our goal is to gain a broad understanding of each child’s needs in order to make appropriate recommendations regarding outpatient, early intervention and school-based services, parent education, further evaluations or referrals, and available resources and support.

Services for Children who are Monolingual or Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese

Bilingual speech-language pathologists offer comprehensive evaluations and therapy to children of all ages. Bilingual clinicians assess language dominance, delays and disorders across various domains in both languages as needed. Suggestions for direct intervention, classroom accommodations, additional services, academic consultation and ideas for language stimulation in the home environment are available. Our bilingual speech-language pathologists practice at the Chelsea and Revere HealthCare Centers.

On the main Boston campus, monolingual English speech-language pathologists work with interpreters to evaluate bilingual children. Other languages are available with the assistance of interpreters.

Learning Disabilities

A diagnostic evaluation will determine each patient’s individual needs, treatment plan, accommodations for the classroom and suggestions for parents or guardians to maximize strengths. In order to provide students, guardians and parents with strategies to facilitate success both at school and at home, therapy addresses topics such as organization and writing through direct individual or peer group instruction.  This service is offered in the Revere and Chelsea Health Centers for families who reside in the following communities:  Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, and Winthrop.        

Reading for Meaning

We offer unique small group teaching for students ages 5-18 with documented deficits in reading or writing at our Revere Healthcare Center. Goals target the five core components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students are grouped according to their individual

Habla Conmigo

We offer ongoing bilingual language groups at our Chelsea HealthCare Center for 3- to 6-year-old Spanish-dominant and/or balanced Spanish-English bilingual children with skills in the below- or significantly-below average range. Sessions run in 12-week cycles targeting early vocabulary and grammatical skills at two levels.                

Let’s Talk

We offer year-round social language teaching in small, structured, multisensory groups at our Revere HealthCare Center. Goals are geared toward children who carry a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, nonverbal learning disability or high functioning autism to increase interactive communication and self-monitoring in conversational discourse.

MGHfC Speech Language Swallowing Disorders

MGH Professional Office Building
275 Cambridge Street
3rd floor
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-0770
Fax: 617-724-0771
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Chelsea HealthCare Center Phone: 617-887-3527 | Fax: 617-889-8503
Revere HealthCare Center Phone: 781-485-6125 | Fax: 781-485-6106

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