Speech and Language Therapy

OTA’s adult speech and language program treats a variety of speech and language deficits. Utilizing a variety of research-based approaches, our speech-language pathologists design and implement treatment programs to meet the individual needs of each client. Common communication disorders targeted include Receptive and Expressive language deficits, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Motor planning speech deficits and Apraxia. Our speech pathologists also specialize in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Executive Functioning deficits.

Our speech-language pathologists work with individuals, families and outside providers in developing functional communication systems for adults who are nonverbal or have limited functional speech production.  Visual supports, communication books and/or augmentative alternative communication devices are implemented in order to promote initiation and social communication for our clients.

Speech and Language Evaluations

Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation

Our comprehensive speech and language evaluation requires 8.5 hours of therapist time. This evaluation will give a complete picture of the client’s speech and language needs, along with recommendations for services and accommodations. It includes one and a half to two hours of direct assessment across two testing sessions, a comprehensive detailed written report, and an evaluation feedback meeting.

Abridged HPHC or BC/BS Speech and Language Evaluation

Clients whose evaluation is covered by Harvard Community Health Care (HPHC) or Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance plans only are eligible for our abridged evaluation. This evaluation requires 45 minutes to one hour of assessment with parent feedback and includes a brief two-page written report. An evaluation feedback/goal-setting meeting is highly encouraged but not covered by this insurance plan and must be paid for out-of-pocket if desired. This evaluation is not comprehensive but is sufficient to determine eligibility for speech and language therapy services.