Speech Therapy

Speech therapy will be recommended by your pediatrician if your child babbles, has trouble putting sentences together, stutters or experiences difficulty with sensory processing. Speech and language disorders are often common in children with autism, down syndrome, cleft-palate, sensory dysfunction, verbal apraxia, head injury, and many other syndromes.

Pediatric speech therapy treats communication challenges, both expressive and receptive, that cause children to have difficulty with verbal communication. Speech therapy also treats oral motor concerns, such as chewing and swallowing, as well as articulation, auditory processing and social skills.

Disorders of speech are characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds correctly, omitting or distorting sounds, or difficulty with producing a few sounds with no pattern.

 

Our therapist create a General Articulation Treatment Procedure that includes the following steps:

  • Assess the client’s articulation skills
  • Select the target speech sounds for modification.
  • Prepare the materials for therapy (picture cards, worksheets, etc)
  • Establish baselines with the client.
  • Treat with different therapeutic approaches
  • Train parents on strategies

The Five Areas of Language Phonology-Sounds in language and the rules that determine how the sounds are used (a-apple a-ate)

Pcs-vocabulary of language
Morphology-meaning of language
Pragmatics-how we use language to communicate socially.

***Sometimes children with language and speech disorders have other disorders with speech and language secondary: autism, down syndrome, cleft-palate, sensory dysfunction, verbal apraxia, head injury, and many other syndromes. These will be discussed with families on a specified need basis.

Clinical competencies

  • Speech and Language Delay
  • Autism Voice Disorders
  • Auditory Processing
  • Stuttering
  • Apraxia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Oral Motor Dysfunction
  • Dysarthria
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke (Aphasia)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Feeding/Aversion Disorders
  • Progressive Diseases (ALS, MS, Parkinsons)