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Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

What is Speech-Language Therapy?

Speech and language are essential for communication starting at a young age. 

Language involves incorporating social rules to determine word meanings, how to put words together, and determining what word combinations are best in different situations. 

Speech includes how speech sounds are made, the use of our vocal folds and breathing to produce sound, and the rhythm of speech. 

Communication disorders can involve speech and language difficulties in isolation or in conjunction with one another. Speech-Language Pathologists, certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders. Our pediatric speech-language pathologists specialize in evaluating and treating various speech and language disorders in children including the following:

  • Articulation delays/disorders 

  • Auditory processing disorder

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Receptive / Expressive language delays

  • Social language delays

  • Delays due to hearing loss

  • Fluency issues / Stuttering

  • Voice disorders

How do I know if I need speech and/or language therapeutic services for my child?

  • Do you and/or others have difficulty understanding your child?

  • Does your child experience increasing levels of frustration when others do not under her?

  • Does your child have a hard time playing with other children?

  • Does your child have trouble following directions and understanding what you say to him?

  • Is stuttering a concern?

  • Is your child older than eighteen (18) months old and not speaking or use less than twenty (20) words?  

  • Regardless of age, does your child have a problem with social language skills? 

  • Do you avoid outings because your child's tantrums are overwhelming?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, your child may be in need of a speech-language evaluation and/or therapy. Discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician and request a referral for a speech-language evaluation. 

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