Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy

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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