Speech Therapy

Free Speech & Language Screenings at Anna Jaques Hospital at Haverhill.

Does your child have problems expressing himself/herself?
Do other people have difficulty understanding your child?
Does your child seem to speak less than other children their age?

This Fall, the Speech Therapy team of Anna Jaques Hospital at Haverhill is pleased to offer a free speech & language screening to children up to age 18 years old to help assess your child's potential speech & language therapy needs.

To schedule your free screening, Call (978) 478-6741.


What is Speech-Language Therapy?

A speech-language pathologist is a professional who prevents, assesses, and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech, language, social communication, or swallowing foods/liquids.

A Team Approach

No person is an island and that is especially true when undergoing rehabilitation and speech therapy. Therefore, our speech therapists are an integral part of the rehab team. This enables our therapists to assist patients in a “team” approach to ensure holistic planning to personal rehabilitation. Our team includes physicians, nurses, and therapy staff as well as family members. The family is an important part of the rehabilitation process and they learn about recovery progress from our specialists. Families learn to understand the challenges facing their loved ones and are taught to assist with rehabilitation at home.

Below is a list of common disorders a person would see a speech language pathologist for.

Speech Disorders

Articulation - the way we say speech sounds

Phonology - the speech patterns we use

Apraxia - difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds

Fluency - stuttering

Voice - problems with the way the voice sounds, such as hoarseness


Language Disorders

Receptive Language - difficulty understanding language

Expressive Language - difficulty using language

Pragmatic Language - social communication; the way we speak to each other


Other Disorders

Deafness/Hearing Loss - loss of hearing;    therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, or alternative communication systems

Oral-Motor Disorders - weak tongue and/or lip muscles

Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - difficulty chewing and/or swallowing

Available in both Newbuyport and Haverhill.

To schedule an appointment, please call 978-834-8210. 

Adult Speech-Language Therapy

Adults of all ages who are affected by a host of medical complications such as cancer, stroke and other diseases can benefit from our Speech Therapy program and participate in instruction that helps them to re-learn speech, chewing and swallowing. Our expert speech therapists treat adult patients of all ages. 

Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

Speech therapy for children focuses on improving a child’s ability to express themselves and understand language, including nonverbal language. Speech therapy can also focus on social aspects of language, such as using language appropriately in social situations, having conversations, and making friends. 

Like learning to walk, all children go through a period where they are learning to understand language, learning to express themselves, and learning to say certain speech sounds. In fact, some differences are considered “normal” until a certain age. Speech and language therapists assess the speech and language of a child to determine if their communication is age-appropriate, or if they need support in their speech and language development.


Some warning signs that a child may have difficulty with communicating include:

• Their speech and/or language is not similar to other children of the same age

• Family members/unfamiliar people have a hard time understanding them

• The child gets frustrated with their speech

• The child experiences problems with school

• The child avoids opportunities to play with or communicate with others


Stroke-impaired speech

The consequences of stroke can be devastating. Research now shows that early intervention may lead to improved and faster renewal of speech. We have a close working relationship with area physicians are available to work with stroke victims as soon as is medically appropriate. Speech and language therapists will assess, diagnose and develop a program of care to maximize the communication potential of the people under their care. They work directly with the person with communication difficulties as well as with their families.