Pediatric Speech Therapy
We provide specialized services to patients with:
Language Disorders (Expressive, Receptive, Pragmatic)
A language disorder refers to difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas. Speech therapists provide treatment to improve the cognitive functions that allow children to communicate their ideas.
Speech Disorders (Articulation Disorders, Apraxia of Speech, Phonological Processing Disorder)
A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds. Speech therapists provide treatment to improve articulation of individual sounds or reduce errors in production of sound patterns.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pervasive Development Disorders, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorders, describes five conditions that all have similar characteristics including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. All of these involve a child having difficulty or delay in basic concepts and functions, such as communication and social skills. Speech therapists work to improve all areas of communication with a program specifically geared toward the individual child.
Cleft Lip and Palate
Following repair of a cleft, a child may require a speech therapist to improve articulation and resonance.
Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
Stuttering is a sudden, intense breakdown in the fluent production of speech. Speech therapists help children who stutter to develop fluent speaking patterns. Speech therapists establish new fluency patterns as well as coping skills for patients and their families.
Hearing Loss and Deafness
Children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk. If a hearing loss exists, a child does not get the full benefit of language learning experiences. A speech therapist evaluates specific speech and language skills and provides recommendations and intervention to target skill areas.
Pediatric Head Trauma
Bicycles, rollerblades, pools, cars, and sports can cause head injuries. Head injuries, even minor ones, can effect a child’s memory, cognition, and speech skills. Speech therapists help the child develop cognitive and communicative skills.
Voice Disorders (Vocal Abuse)
Voice Disorders occur when a child exhibits a deviation in the pitch, intensity, or duration of his/her voice. Children suffering from voice disorders often display a hoarse, raspy vocal quality and may have difficulty varying the volume of their voice. Speech therapists teach the child proper vocal hygiene and techniques on how to minimize the abuse on his or her vocal folds.