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Speech Therapy

ST Speech Therapy (ST) focuses on receptive language, the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, the ability to use words to express yourself. 
  • Birth to five intervention focuses on parent training and interactive communication skills for infants and preschoolers with speech and language delays.
  • Articulation and phonological process therapy utilizes techniques such as oral motor intervention and multisensory feedback with children whose speech is difficult to understand.
  • Pragmatic language therapy facilitates functional communication skills for children with Down Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • Auditory processing treatment uses state of the art computer technology and multisensory language training with children and adolescents.
  • Fluency intervention for stuttering in young children can change the course of developing behaviors or minimize disfluent speech patterns.
  • Fluency intervention for older children and adolescents is based on the Hollins Precision Fluency Shaping Program which replaces stuttering speech patterns with normal speaking patterns.
  • Voice therapy improves voice quality, resonance and pitch disorders which result from conditions such as vocal nodules, chronic laryngitis, or vocal fold dysfunction.
  • Language therapy includes comprehension/expression impairments in semantics (vocabulary), syntax/word morphology (grammar), and/or pragmatics.
  • Oral motor therapy increases strength/endurance of tongue-lip-jaw movements in order to improve speech/feeding skills.
  • Swallowing therapy increases airway protection by facilitating the swallow reflex, squeezing food down the throat, and voluntarily closing off the airway.

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Is your child experiencing any of the following?
  • Articulation/Phonological Processes:
    • Problems pronouncing words correctly
    • Using incorrect consonants from words, such as saying wabbit instead of rabbit
  • Receptive/Expressive Language Delay:
    • Difficulty following directions to complete a task
    • lack of words/vocabulary
    • Inability to communicate basic wants and needs
  • Fluency Issues:
    • Repeating words or parts of words
    • Twitching and blinking eyes while speaking
    • Frustration and embarrassment which often decreases child’s desire to speak
  • Voice/Augmentative and Alternative Communication:
    • Child has a very nasal sounding voice
    • Loses voice for days after excessive use
    • Unable to use vocal communication
  • Pragmatic Delay:
    • Child doesn’t make eye contact
    • Child doesn’t use greetings
    • Child doesn’t respond to questions
    • Child doesn’t express emotions
    • Child doesn’t interact appropriately with adults or peers
  • Oral Motor/ Feeding Issues:
    • Underweight with coughing
    • Vomiting or tearing eyes while eating
    • Picky eaters
    • Trouble chewing certain foods
    • Trouble swallowing food
  • Reading Problems:
    • Unable to read and spell words at same level as peers
    • Teacher have suggested child might be dyslexic or learning disabled
    • Trouble hearing the difference in words that are similar

Any of the above examples could be signs that your child could benefit from a Speech Therapy evaluation and/or treatment.