Speech and language therapy focuses on a child’s ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally; from simple gestures to the complex skills needed to initiate or maintain a conversation. Interventions for children with communication difficulties can include articulation therapy for the development of speech sounds, oral-motor and dyspraxia therapies for the development of speech motor skills, language therapy, which includes comprehension and expression of ideas through speech or augmentative forms of communication and social-pragmatic therapy (being able to communicate in various social environments and situations).

Therapy may focus on any of the following areas:

  • expressive and receptive language disorders
  • articulation or phonological deficits
  • apraxia of speech
  • cognitive skills, such as problem solving and reasoning
  • social skills (Learn more)
  • feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills (Learn more)
  • augmentative communication (Learn more)
  • stuttering or disfluencies
  • voice disorders
  • reading and literacy skills
  • hearing loss/cochlear implants

During each speech evaluation, we use a combination of standardized assessments, clinical observations, evaluation of play and caregiver interviews to determine the next step in the child’s care. Speech and language services are provided by state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologists with current Certification of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.