Speech Language Therapy

  • pediatric patient with nurse in speech therapyOur speech/language therapy is provided by certified, licensed speech/language pathologists. 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 and language 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.

    Voice therapy -- Used to reduce hoarseness and determine and maintain appropriate pitch, nasality, volume, and inflection.

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

    Cochlear implant/hearing impaired program -- Hearing impaired children are instructed to use the most functional communication system for everyday interactions. That may include speech, sign language, or a combination of both methods. Auditory training and lip-reading skills are also used to increase the child's communication. Sign language classes are available for all family members.

    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.