No matter how well formed your ideas or opinions, it can be difficult to have the confidence to speak up if you have trouble comprehending language or expressing your thoughts. Through the Speech-Language Pathology services at the Loyola Clinical Centers, we take a step-by-step approach to speech therapy and provide hands-on assessments and treatment for children and specialized services for adults with a range of communication difficulties.
Working with graduate student practitioners and professional clinicians at the Loyola Clinical Centers, you will receive assessments, as well as either one-on-one or group therapy sessions—or both—tailored to your individual speech and language needs. With clearly stated and mapped-out objectives, your practitioner will work with you to progress continually and help you reach your goals.
As part of our approach to speech language therapy, we see the family (parents, siblings, extended family, spouses) as part of the client intervention. Family members are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions and will have opportunities to observe as well as speak with the clinicians. Improving communication skills does not happen only in a therapy room, and families providing support to their loved ones need to be educated along with the client.
Speech and language services available include therapy for:
- Articulation disorder
- Phonological disorders
- Fluency disorders (stuttering)
- Expressive language disorders
- Receptive language disorders
- Pragmatic language disorders
- Resonance disorders
- Voice disorders
- Delayed speech / language disorders
- Foreign Accent reduction
- Cognitive communication disorders
- Auditory processing
- Aural Rehabilitation
The Columbia Speech and Language Center and the Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at the Loyola Clinical Centers are fully accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA), part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Offered as part of Loyola University's Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the provided services are supervised by faculty fully licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene and certified by ASHA.
Speech-Language Pathology is a field based on compassion and human interaction—skills that are relevant for young clinicians as well as seasoned professionals. Both the Columbia Speech and Language Center and the Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at the Loyola Clinical Centers provide opportunities for graduate students in Loyola's Speech-Language Pathology program to gain important hands-on experience in the field. At the same time, the Centers provide trained Speech-Language Pathologists the opportunity to mentor student practitioners, while giving back to the community.
The Loyola Clinical Centers' research capabilities and innovative human capital maintain its reputation as an excellent research and treatment facility for all children and adults with communication disorders. The Centers is nationally and internationally known for its work with individuals with Down syndrome. In addition, we maintain a fully equipped voice laboratory for varying diagnoses and treatment, state-of-the-art technology specifically designed to serve individuals with aphasia, and extensive programs to provide both groups and individuals with early intervention. At the Loyola Clinical Centers, experts have a unique opportunity to pursue their own advanced scholarly research. With the support of the University, not to mention a cohort of talented graduate students eager to assist them in their work, scholars have the support and resources available to prepare significant scholarly contribution for peer review and advance knowledge in the field.
The community environment of the Loyola Clinical Centers reflects Loyola's devotion to education and service—proving that integrated service can truly benefit the community, students, and experts at once.
Kara Tignor, M.S., CCC-SLP
Division Director, Speech Language Pathology & Audiology
A six-week program helped Luis, an infant with Down Syndrome, bond with his parents.