Speech & Language Services


 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Update: We are open and operating with tele-practice and in-person services. Schedule your appointment at the Sheila C. Johnson Center or use telehealth (treatment from home). Click here to learn more ›

 

Appointments available the following week. We're just off Emmett Street South in Charlottesville, plus parking is available for our clients. Call today to schedule an appointment.

We accept multiple types of insurance including: Aetna, Aetna Better Health, Anthem, Anthem Health Keepers, Medicare, limited Medicaid plans, Optima Health, and Tricare.  If our providers are not covered under certain insurance plans, the clinic will provide guidance to our clients on how submit claims independently to their insurance company. 

Improving quality of life through communication is our specialty. Our nationally recognized and certified speech-language pathologists work with children and adults and are trained in assessment, consultation and intervention of all communication disorders. Our wide range of specialties include:

  • Accent modification/accent reductionCharlottesville Family Favorite Award - Speech-language program
  • Aphasia and aphasia support groups
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Brain injury and neurological disorders
  • Craniofacial disorders (cleft lip and palate)
  • Language disorders
  • Resonance disorders
  • Social skills groups
  • Stuttering
  • Voice production (functional voice disorders and transgender voice therapy)

For more information on many topics related to speech, language, and hearing please visit the official American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website 

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Specialty Services & Programs


  • Summer Camps

    Stay tuned for more information on our therapeutic summer programs for 2021!

  • Support Groups

    Join the University of Virginia Aphasia Outreach and Support Group at the Sheila C. Johnson Center. The university offers a weekly aphasia support group focusing on improving day-to-day communication in the lives of people with aphasia and their loved ones. Participants will work on personally tailored goals in a relaxed, positive, and supportive group environment. This group is free and open to anyone who has suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

    Questions: Feel free to contact Claire Barbao at: [email protected]

  • Social Skills Groups

    We offer weekly social skills groups that teach the verbal and nonverbal communication skills that are necessary for successful peer interactions. Cooperative play skills, group problem solving, behavior regulation and conversation skills are taught in a fun and engaging manner in order to teach and practice important pragmatic language skills. Please call for more information on our current availability. Groups are divided by age, grade and/or developmental level. Download our flyer for more information.

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  • Assessment and Intervention for Voice and Resonance

    Is it painful to talk for extended periods of time? Does your voice interfere with your ability to do your job? Is your career or livelihood impacted by a voice difference? Is Parkinson's or another medical diagnosis impacting your communication? Did you have a cold or upper respiratory infection and the rough voice never went away? Has a recent medical or surgical procedure altered your voice? Are you a transgender individual struggling to find your voice? Does your child have a repaired cleft palate or craniofacial difference that impacts their speech and resonance? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, specialized services are available to help.

    A full clinical instrumentation suite is available at UVA's Sheila C. Johnson Center to evaluate and develop the most appropriate intervention plan for your voice. Options for voice assessment include laryngeal function studies, including aerodynamic and acoustic assessment, objective assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function, and behavioral and qualitative/perceptual analysis of voice and resonance. A speech language pathologist with specialized training in voice, resonance, and voice disorders will provide evaluations and therapy to balance the subsystems of breathing, sound (phonation), and resonance. 

    Whether your primary care physician referred you, your ENT or Craniofacial Surgeon wants you to stop in, or you electively want to pursue a change in your life, Voice Services at the Sheila C. Johnson Center can help.

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    Learn more about our Velopharyngeal Dysfunction and Cleft Palate Services ›

  • Accent Modification Services

    We provide individualized services for students, UVA faculty and staff, and members of the greater Charlottesville community for whom English is not their first language. 

    Accent modification goals work to improve communicative effectiveness and confidence through instruction and practice. The goal in accent modification training is to help the individual speak effectively so that speech is “listener friendly”. After a careful analysis of the individual’s speech patterns, a customized training program is designed by an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. We offer a limited number of 1:1 services each academic term.

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  • Assessment and Intervention for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

    We specialize in offering individualized assessments for those people for whom verbal speech is not an option for effective communication. Following the assessment, our SLPs make detailed recommendations for what type of system is most appropriate- whether it is teaching how to use gestures to supplement verbal speech or implementing a high tech, speech-generating device. We work with families to understand the options and assist with obtaining funding through insurance as necessary. Whether you have had an injury or illness that has resulted in the loss of your verbal (oral) communication or your child needs specialized equipment to facilitate communication and academic success, we are here to help.

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  • Language Help for Kids

    Children gather in a circle during one of our summer speech-language programs.

  • Aphasia Support Group

    Our speech and language team hosts an aphasia support group. Participants can get advice, share their stories, and connect with others.

  • Individual Support

    Our speech-language pathologists support children and adults and provide treatment tailored to each client's needs.

  • Broad Coverage

    Speech services cover a broad range of communication disorders, including speech therapy for cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction.

  • Tailored to Your Goals

    Speech, language, and voice services are tailored for every client to meet their individual communication goals.