Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy
Pediatric Speech Language Therapy: Who’s it for?
Children may require speech-language therapy with or without the presence of a medical condition. Kids with the following medical conditions are considered to be ‘at risk’ for communication or feeding disorders and should be monitored for speech-language delays.
- auditory processing disorders
- hearing loss
- traumatic brain injuries (brain or spinal cord)
- learning problems
- autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- developmental delays
- cerebral palsy and other chronic illnesses
- Down syndrome and other genetic conditions
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
Pediatric speech-language therapy helps children improve their verbal and/or nonverbal communication skills. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with children who exhibit speech or language disorders, such as developmental receptive/expressive language delays, social communication disorders, articulation disorders, stuttering disorders, and feeding disorders.
Why choose Speech-Language Therapy?
Communication is essential to a child’s ability to learn about and interact with others in the world around him/her. Our pediatric SLPs evaluate a child’s current communication skills and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for the child’s age group. SLPs then work with the family and doctor to develop a treatment plan targeting goals to improve the child’s ability to communicate in a more functional manner.
What can be accomplished through Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-language pathologists work with children in the following areas:
- increasing understanding of the verbal language used by caregivers and peers
- improving ability to express wants, needs, and thoughts in multiple modalities (words, sign language, communication device, etc.)
- teaching children with social delays how to interact more appropriately with peers in social settings
- improving speech sound production skills so that a child can be better understood by communicative partners
- evaluating the need for specialized equipment, such as speech-generating devices or adapted feeding materials