Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is an intervention service that focuses on improving a child's speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language. Speech therapists, or speech and language pathologists (SLPs), are the professionals who provide these services.

Speech therapy includes two components: 1) coordinating the mouth to produce sounds to form words and sentences (to address articulation, fluency, and voice volume regulation); and 2) understanding and expressing language (to address the use of language through written, pictorial, body, and sign forms, and the use of language through alternative communication systems such as social media, computers, and iPads). In addition, the role of SLPs in treating swallowing disorders has broadened to include all aspects of feeding.

The following are commonly treated:

  • Speech Disorders: Childhood Apraxia, Dysarthria, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders Stuttering, Voice
  • Language Disorders: Receptive/ Expressive Language Disorders, Augmented and Alternate Communication Devices (AAC), Language processing
  • Medical and Developmental Conditions: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Cleft Lip and Palate, Right Hemisphere Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury. Developmental delays
  • Feeding: sensory and motor based feeding difficulties or delays

Adult Speech and Language

Adults may experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons. The following can be treated:

  • Speech Disorders: Apraxia, Dysarthria, Stuttering, Voice
  • Language Disorders: Aphasia
  • Medical Conditions: Dementia, Laryngeal Cancer, Oral Cancer, Right Hemisphere Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, cognition, dysphagia

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