Speech-Language Pathology

Communicating our needs, ideas and feelings is the most complex of human behaviors, a process that can be affected by genetic syndromes, disease or injuries that affect the brain or structures involved in communication. For the past 45 years, our Speech-Language Pathology department has been a leader in advancing diagnostic and treatment protocols for people experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

At the University of Michigan, Speech-Language Pathology staff assess and treat  individuals with communication impairment. They also assess and treat individuals who are experiencing difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), as some of the structures that enable us to swallow are also involved in speech. Each member of this department is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), maintaining the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence.

Why Choose Michigan?

Whether participating in NIH research grants, teaching courses at local universities and national conferences or evaluating a new treatment method, our certified speech-language pathologists have one central goal: to work closely with patients and families to improve quality of life through enhanced communication and swallowing skills.

Speech-Language Pathologists at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, are involved in a variety of research projects designed to improve understanding of communication and swallowing disorders and their treatment. 

Staff members present in-services and educational programs at a variety of state and national conferences as well as for community groups. Staff is also available to participate in medical grand rounds and medical student and resident lecture programs

Learn more about the research projects and educationional topics at the University of Michigan.

Clinical Services

Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat all aspects of communication as well as oral-pharyngeal swallowing impairment. They participate in patient care teams throughout Michigan Medicine’s clinical departments. Depending on your particular concern, an evaluation may include assessment of:

Results of the communication or swallowing evaluation are used to formulate an individualized treatment program. As changes in speech, language or swallowing abilities may signal a disease process, results of the assessment are communicated to your physician to assist in medical evaluation and patient education.

Learn more about speech-language pathology areas of speciality and evaluation on our clinical services page.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at our Speech Language Pathology clinic, call us at 734-763-4003.