The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at The George Washington University Hospital offers a comprehensive program of evaluation and treatment for individuals who have developed speech, language, swallowing or cognitive deficits following an injury or illness. Experienced and certified speech language pathologists work with patients who have the following diagnoses and specific disorders:

  • Aphasia (disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language)
  • Apraxia (inability to speak correctly and consistently)
  • Attention deficits
  • Brain tumor
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Dysarthria (impaired movement of the muscles used for speech)
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) 
  • Glossectomy (removal of all or part of the tongue)
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngectomy
  • Neurological/postneurological condition
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Tracheotomy
  • Voice disorders

Treatment

  • Receptive language therapy (listening and reading)
  • Expressive language therapy (speaking and writing)
  • Speech production therapy
  • Preoperative counseling and postoperative treatment
  • Voice therapy
  • Stuttering therapy
  • Cognitive therapy (memory, problem solving, reasoning)
  • Modified barium swallow studies
  • Patient/family education
  • Dysphagia therapy

Program Goals

  • Facilitate functional cognitive and communication skills
  • Promote safe oral feeding/swallowing
  • Educate patient and family on compensatory strategies and home programs