What is speech therapy?
Speech-language pathologists evaluate, diagnose, and treat a range of communication disorders including stuttering, articulation/phonology, language delays and disorders, voice, dysarthria and apraxia, child hearing loss, and swallowing/feeding disorders. In our clinic, we treat both adults and children with communication disorders and feeding/swallowing difficulties.We believe children learn best through play and it is our goal to make therapy fun! We also focus on parent education and involvement because we know that the best possible outcomes for children occur when parents are actively involved in helping children reach their individual goals. We provide the following treatments/services:
- Treatment for Autism and pervasive developmental disorders
- Tongue thrust/myofunctional therapy to correct reversed swallow patterns
- Voice and resonance therapy
- Therapeutic feeding and swallowing evaluation and treatment
- Augmentative/alternative communication evaluation and training
- Aural rehabilitation
- Treatment for Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Treatment of Aphasia, Dysphagia, and Voice Disorders in adults
What can I expect at my child’s speech therapy evaluation?
First, we will discuss your concerns and your child’s developmental, medical, and educational history. Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your appointment in order to complete paperwork. Your child will be welcomed into our clinic with a warm smile and some appealing toys. We want your child to feel comfortable and happy during our evaluation. Your child will be evaluated by a licensed, experienced speech-language pathologist who loves children. The evaluation may take up to an hour, but time varies depending on the age of the child and the areas being assessed. Your child may be evaluated in any of the following areas:
Language: Language evaluations may include assessment of receptive language—(what your child understands), expressive language (the way your child communicates), and pragmatic language (social language and conversational skills).
Articulation – How your child pronounces sounds
Oral motor exam – Assessment of strength and coordination of facial muscles, lips, teeth, tongue, palate and throat
Voice – The pitch, resonance, rate and loudness when your child talks
Fluency – Stuttering and flow of speech. This includes listening for sounds or words that are prolongated (stretched out), sounds or words that are repeated, hesitations/pauses and fillers (“um, “uh”), and physical tension related to
Feeding/swallowing – Includes watching your child’s mouth and face muscles to determine his ability to eat, suck, chew and swallow, and to tolerate different textures without choking or having other problems
If you have any questions, call us!
Following the evaluation, we will discuss initial results and recommendations with you. The evaluation report will be sent to the referring physician for review and approval. If therapy is warranted, it will be set up on a consistent basis (usually weekly or biweekly).
What do I need to do before my child’s speech evaluation?
After your child’s doctor refers your child for a speech/language evaluation, have a hearing screening done. Your child needs to have a hearing screening done before the speech-language evaluation to make sure there is no hearing problem. Your child may be able to have the screening done at his doctor’s office. Your child may have had his hearing screened at school. Ask the school for a copy of the results. Bring the results with you to the evaluation. If your child has not had a hearing screening, make an appointment at your pediatrician’s office, audiologist, or health department. Complete the pediatric case history form and bring it with you to your child’s evaluation.
What should I expect at a therapy session?
Therapy sessions are typically 30 minutes in length, with 25 minutes of direct therapy and the remaining 5 minutes for parent education and documentation. We provide parents with tips and suggestions for home practice each week, as well as answer your questions and concerns. We often utilize our sensory gym, ipads, and our vast supply of therapeutic toys/books/games to make our therapy as fun and effective as possible.