The speech therapists at the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive communication, voice and swallowing. Our skilled speech-language pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Conditions We Treat

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we care for children and adults with a variety of needs and diagnoses, including:

  • Stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA)
  • Head injury
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty or discomfort)
  • Memory loss
  • Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphonia, and other neurologically based disorders
  • Cognitive and developmental disorders
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Speech & Language Treatments & Services

We provide a wide range of pediatric and adult services to help patients achieve the highest possible level of speech cognition and swallowing ability. Speech therapy is integrated with other rehabilitation services focused on skill building and recovery in our Neuro Day Rehabilitation program and Children's Rehabilitation Center.


Aphasia treatment focuses on reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, word finding and math skills.

Cognition and Memory

We work with patients on strategies for improving attention, problem solving and memory.

Facial Weakness

When speech problems are related to dysarthria, or muscle weakness, therapy strengthens the movement and coordination of facial muscles to improve the quality of speech.


Treatments for swallowing disorders, or dysphasia, include speech therapy, patient education, swallowing exercises and diet modifications. Modified barium swallow studies (MBS) and videofluoroscopy are used to evaluate the swallowing mechanism. Swallowing therapy focuses on identifying appropriate diet textures, reducing the risk of aspiration and improving swallowing ability.


Our therapies for patients with organic or functional voice disorders help improve vocal quality, reduce vocal abuse, manage nodules, optimize breathing patterns and increase speaking volume.

Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technology

As part of our continuum of personalized care, our therapists can recommend adaptive equipment and assistive technology such as alternative communication devices. We train patients, family members and caregivers in the use of this equipment.