We work with kids who need speech-language, voice, fluency and feeding evaluation and treatment services.
All Kinds of Kids
We work with all kinds of kids whether your child has difficulty making a sound correctly or your child has a complex medical history such as premature birth or tracheotomy and ventilator dependence. Your child may have a hearing loss, cleft lip and palate, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other syndrome. No matter the issue, your child is a bundle of potential. We can evaluate and provide speech therapy if needed.
Your child may have trouble sucking, chewing or swallowing. He/she may have difficulty eating new foods and textures. Sometimes “picky” eating results from difficulty controlling food in his/her mouth. A feeding evaluation can help identify underlying difficulties and provide tips to help at home. If feeding therapy is needed, it can help your child develop biting, chewing and swallowing skills to create flexible (and safe) eaters.
Some kiddos have difficulty making sounds (articulation delay/disorder), some have difficulty understanding the patterns of sound combination (phonological disorder), while others have difficulty planning how and precisely putting sounds together (motor speech disorder such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria). A speech evaluation will look at your child’s patterns and determine if additional services are needed.
Everyone stutters from time to time. However, some kids have consistent difficulty speaking smoothly. Your child may repeat sounds, words or phrases. Some children prolong a sound or silence during speech. Your child may have extra tension when speaking. A stuttering evaluation will look at your child’s communication patterns to determine if therapy is needed. Stuttering therapy will focus on helping you and your child promote the forward flow of speech.
Some kiddos over-use or misuse their voice. Your child might have a hoarse or breathy voice. He/she may frequently “lose” their voice. Some older children can experience difficulty breathing during exercise/sports or in stressful situations (paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction). An evaluation will look at your child’s use of breath and vocal patterns to determine if additional services are needed.
Language is “what” and “how” we communicate. Your child might have trouble understanding what is communicated or he/she might have difficulty putting the right words together. Some kiddos have trouble with complex language such as idioms and humor. A language evaluation will look at your child’s receptive (understanding) and expressive (using words to ask, answer, comment) skills to determine if direct services are needed.