Clinical Services

 
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Both children and adults with communication difficulties involving speech-language or hearing challenges can benefit from a variety of clinical services available through Boys Town National Research Hospital. The Speech-Language Evaluation/Intervention Programs and the Cochlear Implant Center are housed within the Hospital’s Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders. These programs provide a variety of diagnostic and intervention services applicable to a range of ages and particular needs, including:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of delays in speech-language development through the use of both formal and informal measures are provided by certified speech-language pathologists.
  • Individualized speech-language therapy sessions are offered to infants, toddlers, children and adults. Therapy may include family members, caregivers and educational professionals. Services are available for individuals with normal hearing and for those with hearing loss.
  • Speech and voice assessments are provided through the Cleft Palate Clinic. These evaluation address the special needs of children with craniofacial conditions.
  • Cochlear implant candidacy evaluations are provided by a team of specialists from the fields of medicine, audiology, speech-language pathology, counseling and deaf education.
  • Cochlear implant surgery, inclusive of all three FDA-approved manufacturers (Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas and Med El) is available.
  • Auditory training is provided to promote auditory skill development following the fitting of hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.
  • On-going cochlear implant services such as speech processor programming, assessment of speech perception abilities, evaluation of speech-language skills and monitoring of educational development are provided.
  • Secure, real-time viewing of testing or therapy sessions via the internet is available to family members and school professionals.
  • Information dissemination and educational presentations on a range of topics related to communication disorders and various treatment options are provided.
  • Consultative services for school personnel providing educational or therapy services are available for children with communication delays.