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Speech Therapy

The specialists at Reston Therapy & Fitness Center assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive communication, voice and swallowing. Our highly experienced speech-language pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Conditions We Treat

We care for patients with a variety of needs and diagnoses, including:

  • Stroke (cerebrovascular accident, or CVA) and TIA (transient ischemic attack)
  • Head injury
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty or discomfort)
  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphonia, and other neurologically based disorders
  • Cognitive disorders
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and globus sensation

Speech & Language Treatment

We provide a wide range of services to help you achieve the highest possible level of speech fluency and/or swallowing ability.


Aphasia treatment focuses on reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, word finding and math skills.

Cognition and Memory

We work with patients on strategies for improving attention, problem solving and memory.

Facial Weakness

When speech problems are related to dysarthria, or muscle weakness, therapy strengthens the movement and coordination of facial muscles to improve the quality of speech.


Treatments for swallowing disorders, or dysphasia, include speech therapy, patient education, swallowing exercises and diet modifications. Modified barium swallow studies (MBS) and videofluoroscopy are used to evaluate the swallowing mechanism. Swallowing therapy focuses on identifying appropriate diet textures, reducing the risk of aspiration and improving swallowing ability.


Our therapies for patients with organic or functional voice disorders help improve vocal quality, reduce vocal abuse, manage nodules, optimize breathing patterns and increase speaking volume.