Speech

A Pediatric Speech Therapist is trained to evaluate a child’s strengths and limitations in how they communicate with their world. Are they able to make their wants and needs known? Can a variety of people understand their communication style? Does a child have the language skills needed to follow directions at home and in the classroom? Is the child able to express themselves in a variety of ways?

Our staff is also trained in identifying and assisting with a child’s feeding and oral motor skills. The questions they may ask in this area are: Is the child able to drink from a bottle or a cup in a timely and efficient manner? Does the child have difficulty swallowing liquids and food safely? Do they drool frequently or excessively?

All these questions are important in helping to understand how a child can function at their fullest potential. Our trained staff will evaluate each child’s needs to assess the strengths they can build on and the weaknesses they can make stronger. It is vital for a child to be able to express themselves and to feel that they can make their wants and needs known. We understand that each child is an individual and has individual needs and goals. It’s our job to help your child be successful in reaching their goals.

Our treatment uses developmental and age appropriate play to address a child’s needs and to improve their abilities within their everyday environment. We challenge the children in ways that are motivating and fun for the child while still addressing their specific needs. Some of the emphasis of treatment and some of the specific treatment methods we use include:

  • Articulation
  • Apraxia
  • Feeding and Swallowing Skills
  • Language Therapy
  • Oral Motor Skills
  • Beckman Oral Motor Protocol
  • Hodson Phonological Protocol
  • Kaufman Protocol

Our speech therapy staff also works with children with hearing impairments using Total Communication and Auditory Verbal methods.