What does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?
Speech and language therapeutic services aim to treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in children of all ages. Our Speech-Language Pathologist’s work closely together with other staff members when needed and are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team. Treatment sessions may be offered jointly with other team members, as appropriate. In addition to individual sessions, group sessions and school based services are available.
The goal of the Speech-Language Pathologist is to help the child communicate effectively in their daily environment. Therapy goals may be to improve speech intelligibility, increase vocabulary skills, increase length of utterances, or improve socially appropriate communication behaviors such as eye contact, initiating conversation, and turn-taking.
Our therapists are specially trained in the field of Pediatric Therapy. They incorporate play into each session and are trained to be more sensitive to the needs of children. Speech therapy for infants and toddlers may include assistance with feeding and swallowing issues or assistance in developing spoken communication. Preschool children may also receive therapy for assistance in learning basic skills and communicating their wants and needs. School-age children often receive speech therapy to correct articulation errors and improve language skills.
What areas are included in speech therapy services?
- Articulation and Phonology
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Feeding and Swallowing
- Voice or Resonance
- Pragmatics/Social Skills
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Speech-Language Pathologist’s also serve individuals with:
- Apraxia of Speech
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Cochlear Implants
- Learning Disorders
- Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate
- Neurological Disorders such as Cerebral Palsy
- Syndromes such as Down Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Delay
- Hearing Loss