Speech and Communication Disorders

Many disorders can affect a person's ability to speak and communicate. They range from saying sounds incorrectly to being completely unable to speak or understand speech. Causes include:

  • Hearing disorders
  • Voice problems, such as dysphonia or those caused by cleft lip or palate
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke 


Programs + Services


Speech Language Pathology + Audiology

The Department of Speech Language Pathology + Audiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston offers comprehensive care to patients with speech, hearing and language issues.
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Voice + Swallowing Center

Tufts Medical Center’s Voice and Swallowing Center in downtown Boston offers a range of cutting-edge treatments for disorders of the larynx.
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Doctors + Care Team

Cara Clifford, MA, CCC-SLP

Cara Clifford, MA, CCC-SLP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Speech Language Pathologist
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5220
Fax #: 617-636-0583

Cognitive, speech and language intervention including diagnostic, rehabilitation and therapeutic services for individuals with developmental and acquired neurological impairments

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Joy P. Wilmouth, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert AVT

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Speech Language Pathologist; Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5300
Fax #: 617-636-0583

Pediatrics, infants, hearing loss, cochlear implants, hearing aids, listening and spoken language

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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS
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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Division of Head & Neck Surgery; Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program; Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3030
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck cancer, management of thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of radiation-related complications

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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS
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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8711
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck surgical oncology, head and neck reconstruction, management of salivary and thyroid disorders, management of radiation-related complications, maxillofacial trauma, sleep apnea and sleep endoscopy

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