Speech, Language and Swallowing Therapy

Speech therapy is a process to help your child communicate and eat to the best of their ability. Using structured play, interesting toys, and fun activities, the speech-language pathologist takes skills that are difficult for your child to perform and breaks them into smaller steps that are easier to master.

Depending on an individual child’s needs, therapy might focus on improving language skills (understanding what others are saying, using words consistently, using longer and more specific utterances, answering questions, interacting socially, reading and writing, using alternative or augmentative communication), articulation (pronunciation of sounds and speech clarity), fluency (learning strategies to minimize stuttering), voice (using appropriate volume and pitch, learning strategies to overcome vocal strain), oral motor skills (improving coordination of lip, tongue, jaw, and cheek movement for speaking and swallowing), or swallowing skills (eating age appropriate foods without choking, transitioning from bottle feeding to solid foods, tolerating a variety of food types).

Children that may benefit from speech therapy have diagnoses that would include, but not limited to:

  • Austism / Asperger’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • “late talkers”
  • Spina Bifida
  • Articulation impairments
  • Language delay or impairment
  • Dysphagia
  • Voice disorders
  • Stuttering