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Speech & Language Therapy is the treatment for most children with speech and/or language disorders. A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding, using, or combining words to communicate ideas.

Pediatric speech & language pathologists (SLPs) are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development and its disorders. We serve children from birth through school age. Our speech & language pathologists hold a master's degree and a certificate of clinical competency (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning. Language is the basis of communication.

Reading, writing, gesturing, listening and speaking are all aspects of language. The ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is essential for a student to succeed in school.

Children with communication disorders frequently do not perform at grade level. They may struggle with reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, challenge following directions, misunderstand social cues, avoid attending school, show poor judgment and have difficulty with tests.

juliesignMany people hesitate to seek professional advice even though they are concerned about their child's speech and language development. The right time to seek help is when you, as a parent, are concerned. The fact is, babies or toddlers are never too young for a communication skills assessment.

Our facility offers a comprehensive team approach to therapy, which includes your child and your family. We encourage you to participate in the sessions as we work together, sharing strategies and techniques. We believe this relationship is a pivotal part of the success of each child. We also provide parent/family training, classes and involvement in community activities.

 

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anneblowSpeech and language therapy is an extensive field that treats a wide range of conditions and diagnoses. Some of the disorders treated include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Atypical, immature muscle movement patterns affecting breathing, eating and speaking
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (a motor speech disorder)
  • Cognitive-communication disorders (difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment and imagination)
  • Speech Sound Disorders: Articulation and Phonological Processes (making sounds or sound patterns)
  • Stuttering and Voice
  • Language-Based Learning Disabilities
  • Selective Mutism
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury or Right Hemisphere Brain Injury
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Tongue tied
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing Loss
  • Learning Disabilities

 

Some of the symptoms of speech and language disorders include:

  • feedjakefunTrouble being understood
  • Difficulty producing sounds in syllables or saying words correctly
  • Nonverbal at age 2
  • Limited pretend play
  • Difficulty understanding or processing language (written or verbal)
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Problems with attention, memory or problem solving
  • Overuse of jargon; scripting
  • Challenge with organization of ideas, school issues
  • Difficulty putting words together; limited vocabulary or inconsistent word use
  • Inability to use language socially
  • Hearing loss or chronic ear infections
  • Problems with pitch, volume or quality of voice
  • Difficulty engaging or interacting
  • Stuttering/disfluency
  • Difficulty swallowing or is a very messy eater; food ends up outside mouth

Our Speech & Language Pathologists specialize in:

  • bobtwisterEnhancing language and communication
  • Socialization/interaction
  • Auditory Processing disorders
  • Oral and Verbal Apraxia/dyspraxia of speech
  • Oral-motor skills for speech
  • Tongue thrust
  • Feeding and swallowing abilities
  • Play skills; early problem solving
  • Memory and attention
  • Articulation and speech intelligibility
  • Fluency/Stuttering
  • Voice disturbances
  • Language organization and problem solving

 

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