Speech & Language
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Speech / Language Evaluations:
We provide comprehensive speech language evaluations in speech and language development for children of all ages. Our evaluations are performed by a licensed Speech and Language Pathologists with a clinical certificate of competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. We utilize a variety of standardized tests, checklists & clinical judgement in order to assess the child’s ability in all areas of speech and language development. Depending on the needs of the child we will provide an overall comprehensive speech and language evaluation and/or a limited evaluation targeting a specific area of concern.
Speech Therapy Services:
Speech Therapy focuses on an individual’s ability to communicate with others. For children, proper development of speech and language skills is imperative in ensuring their ability to learn, explore their environment, interact with others, and communicate their wants/needs. Your child's development of the ability to use sounds and words to communicate with others, to be understood when speaking, to understand others, or to learn from their environment is the primary focus of a speech pathologist. Our staff provides updated home programs to assist you with the everyday carryover of our therapist sessions. We offer treatment sessions 30-60 minutes in length.
Articulation Disorders (Difficulty understanding your child)
Phonological Disorders (Difficulty understanding your child)
Oral Motor Dysfunction
Expressive Language Disorders (If your child is not saying words)
Receptive Language Disorders (If your child does not understand you)
Autism, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Compromised Muscle Tone, Cerebral Palsy and many other learning disabilities
What is speech?
Speech skills include a child’s ability to say/produce speech sounds. Typically, all English-language speech sounds are mastered by six years of age. This area of speech-language also includes lisping, stuttering, and voice quality (e.g., hoarseness). Sound changes (e.g., saying “tar” for ‘star’ or “baf” for ‘bath’) are sometimes observed in typical development but are then suppressed/outgrown by different ages depending on the sound (e.g., by age 3 children should be saying “star” not ‘tar’). By four years of age, unfamiliar listeners usually understand >93% of what children say!
What is expressive language?
Expressive language skills include a child’s ability to use words (e.g., overall vocabulary) and word parts (e.g., past tense –ed, pronouns) to form grammatically accurate sentences that increase in length and complexity as children grow and learn. This area of speech-language also includes a child’s ability to tell stories and recount personally relevant events. Children with expressive language problems may demonstrate difficulty communicating wants and needs, which may lead to behavior issues.
What is receptive language?
Receptive language skills include a child’s ability to understand spoken language, and this area of speech-language is also referred to as language comprehension. Younger children are required to follow one and two-step directions (e.g., “find your shoes and bring me your coat”) in addition to understanding basic concepts (e.g., big/small, more/less). As children grow, they are required to listen to paragraphs and answer questions related to the information (e.g., who/what/where/when/why).
What is social language?
Social language is the ability to use language with different intentions such as requesting a toy, commenting on a favorite movie, asking a friend to hang out, or protesting about not liking broccoli. Greetings/leave-takings and the ability to make on-topic comments and ask on-topic questions also falls within this area. Children learn how to modify their language based upon who they are speaking to (e.g., using baby talk with a baby or toddler, using peer slang among friends, or being more formal when interviewing for a job). Being able to observe and react to verbal and nonverbal cues, understanding facial cues, maintaining eye contact, and knowing the “just right” personal space are also social language skills!
What is phonological awareness?
Phonological awareness skills are the precursors to successful reading and writing. This area of speech-language relates to a child’s ability to understand that words are made up of sounds and those sounds can be manipulated (e.g., rhyming, segmenting, decoding). These skills can be assessed and addressed as early as five years of age!