If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, it’s always best to consult with a speech language pathologist. In doing so one of two things may happen:
1) It is determined that your child’s skills are age appropriate and you can put your mind at ease. We may offer additional home suggestions to ensure that your child’s language continues to progress and develop.
2) Your child is identified with a communication delay, and you can begin the speech-language therapy process so that your child can learn age-appropriate communication skills. The best therapy outcomes occur when services are implemented early, which is why seeking a consultation or evaluation as soon as you have concerns is extremely important.
A free 30-minute phone consultation is offered to discuss your needs, answer your questions, and to determine if an evaluation and/or therapy services are warranted.
Before beginning any therapy, a comprehensive evaluation is completed to determine your child’s specific areas of challenge. Each child will be evaluated with formal and/or informal assessments appropriate to their age. You will also be asked to fill out a detailed case history to have available on the day of the evaluation.
Each evaluation includes the testing session(s), complete report, a post assessment meeting to discuss the findings, and a recommended plan of care specific to your child.
All speech therapy sessions are individual from the comfort of our office.
Therapy sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes, with the last 5-10 minutes of each session for parent training, documentation and paperwork. Session length and frequency will be recommended based on your child’s age and level of need. Your involvement in therapy sessions is important to the generalization of the skills taught and is always encouraged.
Speech Sound Disorders
Difficulties producing specific sounds correctly or producing sound patterns correctly. Such as saying “tat” for cat or “poon” for spoon. Intelligibility can be minimally to significantly affected.
Receptive Language Disorders
Difficulties understanding spoken language. This includes issues with following directions, answering questions and correctly identifying common objects.
Expressive Language Disorders
Difficulties communicating effectively with others. This includes the amount of spoken words, types of grammatical forms used, sentence structure, and proper sequencing of information.
The ability to accurately access the words stored in memory. For example, calling a raspberry a strawberry or a panda a teddy bear.
Social/Pragmatic Language Skills
Difficulties understanding social situations, taking the perspective of others, making inferences, problem solving, and knowing the “hidden social rules” of different situations. These challenges are often associated with children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Difficulties with the smoothness of spoken language. There are typical and atypical disfluencies. Halting or tension when speaking, repetitions or whole words, parts of words or fillers (umm, uh, like) are all types of disfluencies.