Pediatric Speech Therapy is treatment for kids who have difficulties with articulation, language, voice, fluency, or feeding. Speech Therapy helps children with both speaking and understanding communication.
Our therapists will work with your child and family in a team-based approach to provide support, strategies, and interventions to help your child make speech-language progress in their daily lives. Here’s what you can expect:
A Speech-Language Pathologist can evaluate, diagnose, and treat fluency disorders or “stuttering.” Treatment approaches are dependent upon each child’s needs–but generally Speech Therapy will address breath control, rate of speech, triggers, awareness, etc. to improve a child’s overall fluency. Home programming materials are also sent home to further educate the family members on what their role is and how they can help their child communicate fluently within their home environment.
Yes! speech-language pathologists can evaluate and treat children with ASD who are non-verbal to help improve their functional communication skills. These skills include understanding spoken language, expressing their wants and needs using a preferred method of communication (manual sign language, gestures, vocalizations, eye gaze, etc.), practicing turn-taking or back and forth play, establishing joint attention, developing play skills, and utilizing an augmentative and alternative form to communicate (AAC) Learn more about AAC in our blog.
To be a pediatric speech therapist, you need to earn a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This will include completing coursework and practicum or fieldwork requirements. And finally–you need to have patience, have some fun and smile. If you’re not having fun, the kiddos aren’t either!