The Program for Speech Improvement

The Program for Speech Improvement provides services to children and adults who seek to improve their communication effectiveness. Evaluation and therapy sessions focus on minimizing or eliminating the effects of:

  • Stuttering or fluency problems
  • Voice misuse and disorders (e.g., hoarseness)
  • Accents
  • Hearing loss
  • Craniofacial abnormalities (e.g., cleft palate)

Concerns regarding speech production patterns often cause self-consciousness, which may interfere with social interaction, academic performance, and professional development. Therefore, this program provides a supportive environment for individuals to address the emotional and social effects of their speech. Evaluation services include an interview, assessment, feedback, and written report. The evaluation process explores and documents an individual’s concerns with his or her speech patterns, and identifies strategies to address them.

Individual therapy sessions address each individual’s unique concerns and focus on improved communication effectiveness. Treatment strategies address not only the improvement of speech characteristics, but also the underlying physiological causes and the psychosocial effects.

Group treatment provides a supportive peer context for clients to generalize their achievements from individual therapy sessions to more realistic social settings.

Contact: 617-824-8323

Robbins Center

A student helps a child at the Robbins Center

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Take a tour of the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which provides a supportive environment where clients and their families learn to overcome a variety of communication disorders and differences.


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Capturing motion, helping kids

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