Pediatric Speech/Language Pathology
Speech/Language Pathologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of language and communication disorders as well as swallowing disorders. Our expert Speech Therapists work with children and their families to facilitate age appropriate skills related to functional communication using a play-based approach. They work with children and their parents to increase expressive and receptive language, social skills and feeding and swallowing capabilities. To do this we work on improving:
- Expressive Language
- Receptive Language
- Apraxia of Speech
- Articulation and Phonology
- Oral Motor skills
- Pragmatic/Social Language
- Auditory Processing
- Stuttering and Fluency
- ASD/Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Executive Function Skills
Our Speech Therapists use a variety of therapeutic strategies and theories including but not limited to:
- Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winner
- Social Stories
- PECS™ picture exchange communication system
- PROMPT©-speech cueing system
- AAC-augmentative and alternative communication
- Beckman Oral Motor Treatment
- Oral-Myofunctional Therapy
- SOS-sequential oral sensory approach to feeding
- TalkTools® Therapy, Sarah Rosenfeld-Johnson
Receptive/Expressive skills are required in order to let people know our wants and needs throughout our day. Children with difficulties in this area often don’t understand simple and complex directions and may be unable to communicate what they want or need.
Apraxia of Speech is the inability to put together a complex sequence of thoughts and develop those thoughts into words. Children with speech apraxia often know what they want to say but can’t ‘get the words out’. They might say things that sound out of order.
Oral Motor skills and Articulation skills require the ability to use the tongue, lips and jaw in complex motor sequences to produce understandable speech. Children with articulation problems may have difficulty being understood by others, which can cause withdrawal or behavior problems.
Pragmatics and Social Language allow us to be social, and to develop relationships and understand meaning during social communication. Some children have difficulty interpreting facial expressions and body language, and may only be interested in their own topic of conversation.