Speech Pathology Frequently Asked Questions - Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Speech Pathology Frequently Asked Questions

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Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center offers comprehensive care services to eligible Veterans, Active Duty and their dependents with hearing, balance, tinnitus, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. 

What Speech-Language Pathology Services are provided?

  • Speech-language pathologists are members of specialized interdisciplinary teams that provide coordinated, comprehensive care to Veterans and Service members.
  • VA speech-language pathologists provide screening, evaluation and treatment, services for speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing problems.
  • Services also include evaluation and treatment of memory, attention, and cognitive-communication problems after traumatic brain injury.
  • Specialized services include those for populations such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, progressive or degenerative neurological disorders, geriatric illnesses, community living, and spinal cord injury.
  • Speech-language pathologists are specialists in providing Assistive Technology for communication to assist Veterans with cognitive or communication disorders. Such technologies include speech-generating devices, cognitive communication aids such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), global positioning systems (GPS), and rehabilitative and restorative voice services including voice prostheses.

Who is eligible for Speech-Language Pathology care?

  • All Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system are eligible for speech-language pathology evaluation and treatment services. Veterans must be under a physician’s care, and a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner must submit a consultation for speech-language pathology services.
  • Veterans who are under a VA physician’s plan of care who have speech, language, voice, cognitive, or swallowing disorders due to medical conditions are eligible for prosthetic devices including augmentative and alternative communication devices, voice prostheses, and cognitive devices.

What is Speech-Language Pathology Telehealth Care?

  • Patients receiving speech therapy have the option of using Speech Video-to-Home services. This allows the speech therapy session to be conducted between the therapist in her office and the patient in the comfort of their home.