Every child must receive a comprehensive evaluation before Speech Therapy can begin. Tests are chosen based upon the concerns expressed by the patient, family, referring physician, school and/or other agency. Testing may take more than one session depending on the child and his or her specific needs.
The Speech Therapy Evaluation will assess:
- Articulation (pronouncing sounds in words correctly)
- Receptive and Expressive Language skills
- Fluency (Stuttering)
- Voice (tone, loudness, quality)
- Pragmatics/Social Language
- Oral motor and Feeding Capabilities
The results of the testing will help us develop an individualized plan of care for treatment.
Speech and Language Disorders commonly addressed
- Articulation and Phonology: Disorders of speech characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds correctly, sounds may be omitted, distorted or substituted.
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech
- Expressive/Receptive Language Delay: Language development significantly below the norm for a child of a specified age
- Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD): A central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) happens when the central auditory nervous system has trouble interpreting messages through sound. Even though there may be no hearing loss, the listener has difficulty understanding what is being said.
- Fluency/Stuttering: A speech problem generally regarded as a disorder of fluency and rhythm
- Voice: abnormal loudness, pitch, quality and resonance
- Oral Motor/Feeding: Helps patients with a wide array of feeding difficulties and mobility of the oral structure.
- Autism Spectrum: Impaired social interaction and impaired communication which can affect both verbal and non-verbal skills.
- Many More…….
Our sessions are scheduled at 30-minute sessions and frequency is determined depending on the need of each individual child.