We offer pediatric speech therapy services for the following:
Articulation disorder, in which words are slurred or incorrectly pronounced, affecting speech clarity. Speech therapy includes instruction in the formation of clear and distinct sounds and/or strengthening of the muscles for articulation for improved and intelligible speech.
Autism, in which children and young adults face challenges in communication and development. Speech therapy addresses challenges with speech skills, language development, and/or social communication in order to improve communication skills across a variety of settings. Speech therapists often work closely with behavioral therapists to share and reinforce mutual or complimentary goals that aim to increase success in school and beyond.
Childhood Apraxia, a complex speech disorder in which the child has difficulty connecting speech sounds from the brain to the speech muscles. Therapy involves sensory cueing, motor programming strategies, and rhythmic and intonation patterning, customized to the individual client following stimulability testing. When basic communication is severely limited, augmentative and alternative communication methods will be introduced and developed to improve the child’s ability to communicate effectively with family and others while continuing to target speech production.
Phonological Disorder, a speech sound disorder in which sounds in words are incorrectly pronounced due to sound mis-identification. An example would be pronouncing every word beginning with “b” with a “d” instead; there is usually a pattern of mispronounced or neglected sounds. Treatment targets these incorrect sound patterns for success in verbal speech production.
Voice dysfunction (dysphonia) resulting from conditions such as vocal nodules and polyps, vocal paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, and paradoxical vocal fold movement. Therapy includes voice exercises based upon the cause/condition once cleared by an ENT physician.
Stuttering, which is when speech is halting, interrupted, or otherwise disfluent. Beyond general treatment techniques to improve speech production, treatment is individualized to address not only the disfluencies, but also their emotional and social impact. Speech therapy goals are not simply to eliminate the stutter, which is a neurophysiological phenomenon, but to reduce its occurrence with a more positive outlook and attitude towards one’s stuttering.