Speech therapy

Communication and swallowing are two of life's most important tasks. The licensed speech-language pathologists at Edward-Elmhurst Health have helped countless adults and children regain or master speech skills and swallowing functionality.

Adult speech and swallowing therapy

We help adults of all ages improve communication, thinking and problem-solving skills. Individuals who experience difficulty or discomfort with swallowing also benefit from our services.

We have extensive experience helping patients with:

  • AAC
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Dementia
  • Memory impairments
  • Brain injury
  • Neurological disease, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and ALS
  • Stroke
  • Vocal Chord Dysfunction
  • Voice disorders – Nodules, polyps, muscle tension dysphonia, hoarseness and vocal cord paralysis
  • Stuttering
  • Swallowing disorders

Pediatric speech and swallowing therapy

For children, proper development of speech and language skills is essential to learning, interacting with others and communicating their needs. Proper nutrition is critical to brain development and overall growth.

If you have concerns regarding your child's ability to use sounds and words to communicate with others, to be understood when speaking, to understand others, or to successfully swallow a variety of foods, our specialists can help.

Children with the following diagnoses can benefit from pediatric speech therapy:

  • Speech and language delays and disorders
  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Brain injury
  • Autism
  • Swallowing and feeding impairments
  • AAC

We also provide follow-up therapy to babies who’ve been in the NICU.

Our caring speech and language therapists work closely with your child’s teachers, school therapists and doctors to coordinate sessions that address your child's specific needs and build skills for daily living. Our treatment rooms are specially designed for children and at some locations offer an observation area with headsets and one-way mirrors.