Speech and Language Therapy
Our Speech and Language Therapy experts help children of all ages with conditions affecting oral motor skills, swallowing, speech, linguistics and language and speech abilities.
Speech and Language Therapy can help children who have trouble making certain sounds or who have stutters or lisps to improve their communication abilities. It also helps kids with language issues such as dyslexia and dyspraxia and can address oral feeding problems.
Our Speech and Language team includes licensed therapists who specialize in evaluating, treating, and addressing speech intelligibility, receptive and expressive language, social language, fluency, and executive functioning. We provide services that help children and adults develop and use their best communication in their home, school, and in communities.
Conditions We Specialize In
Spoken language provides the foundation for the development of reading and writing; Since spoken and written language have a reciprocal relationship, each builds on the other to result in general language and literacy competence, starting early and continuing through childhood into adulthood. Instruction in spoken language can result in growth in written language, and instruction in written language can result in growth in spoken language.
These are the social communication skills or the “rules” we follow when we talk to others. These would include knowing how to use language for different purpose (greeting, informing, demanding, promising), changing language for the listener (we don’t speak to adults and babies the same way) and following rules for conversation (stay on topic, take turns when talking, etc).
This helps young children's speech, language and hearing disorders. It can prevent or reduce problems with communication, reading, learning and social skills. Early identification will help school readiness and build communication skills at home, school and in the community.
These include a wide spectrum of disorders that may interfere with a child's memory, attention, executive functioning, and/or emotion.
A communication disorder or delay is impairment in one’s ability to process, send, receive, or comprehend written or spoken language. Communication disorders can range from mild to severe and can be developmental or acquired. With children, studies show that the earlier your child gets help, the greater their progress will be.
Language disorders or language impairments are disorders that involve the processing of linguistic information. Problems that may be experienced can involve grammar (syntax and/or morphology), semantics (meaning), or other aspects of language.
A speech sound disorder (SSD) is a speech disorder in which some speech sounds (called phonemes) in a child's (or, sometimes, an adult's) language are either not produced, not produced correctly, or are not used correctly.
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) has a number of possible causes, but in many cases a cause can't be determined. Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak. It can take a lot of work to learn to say sounds and words better.
A fluency disorder, which is often referred to as “stuttering”, is characterized by primary (core) and secondary behaviors. Primary behaviors may include repetitions of sounds, syllables, or whole words; prolongations of single sounds; or blocks of airflow or voicing during speech. Secondary behaviors develop over time as learned reactions to the core behaviors and are categorized as avoidance behaviors. They may include hesitations, interjections of sounds, syllables, or words; word revisions or complete changes in words; or motor movements associated with stuttering (such as eye blinking, loss of eye contact, extraneous movements, to name a few).
A feeding disorder, in infancy or early childhood, is a child's refusal to eat certain food groups, textures, solids or liquids for a period of at least one month, which causes the child to not gain enough weight, grow naturally or cause any developmental delays. A swallowing disorder is also called dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh). Swallowing happens in three stages, or phases. You can have a problem in one or more of these phases.
Speech-language therapy addresses a range of challenges often faced by persons with autism. For instance, some individuals on the autism spectrum do not speak, while others love to talk but have difficulty using conversational speech and/or understanding the nuances of language and nonverbal cues when talking with others. Speech therapy is designed to coordinate the mechanics of speech with the meaning and social use of language.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes use of symbols, aids, strategies, and techniques to enhance the communication process. Sign language, various communication boards, and both manual and electronic devices are all assistive technology tools that assist patients in communication. Our speech therapists can help your child in the use of these devices in order to maximize their benefit.
Include difficulty with reading, writing or spelling.