pediatric patient with nurse in speech therapy

    Our speech/language therapy is provided by licensed speech/language pathologists who are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Services include comprehensive assessments and rehabilitative services for disorders in the following areas: articulation, language, fluency, voice, oral-motor, feeding, central auditory processing, and respiration. Speech/language disorders are frequently observed in children with the following conditions:


    • Hearing impairment
    • Neurological impairment
    • Down syndrome
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Cleft palate
    • Autism
    • Developmental delay
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Prematurity
    • Intellectual impairment
    • Sensory impairment
    • Traumatic brain injury

    The goal of speech/language therapy is to enable the child to communicate functionally in his or her everyday environment. This is achieved through a variety of therapeutic tracts, including:

    Articulation therapy -- Providing speech-sound stimulation for the correct production of sounds.

    Fluency therapy (used to treat stuttering) -- Using techniques and strategies to encourage smooth, easy speech.

    Language therapy -- Facilitates the development of receptive/expressive language skills to increase comprehension and verbal expression.

    Voice therapy -- Used to determine and maintain appropriate pitch, nasality, volume, and voice quality (i.e. reduce hoarseness).

    Oral-motor, feeding, respiration therapy -- Teaches breathing skills and adequate structure/function of the oral mechanism for communication, feeding, and swallowing.

    Special services -- Occasionally, children use other forms of communication to help promote speech development. This is called augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and may include using pictures to communicate, using a talking computer, or using sign language. Children may also have nutritional problems because of feeding/swallowing issues. When these problems are present, children are often referred to our specialized AAC team or our therapeutic feeding Team.

    For more information, call 912-350-9666.