Speech Therapy Services
About Speech Therapy
Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of speech, language, and communication delays and disorders by speech language pathologists (also referred to as speech therapists). Speech-language pathologists, certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders. Our pediatric therapists are licensed, certified, and hold a master’s or doctoral degree in their field. Browse our therapist bios to view our areas of expertise and the background of our team.
Some common diagnoses treated in speech therapy include:
- Articulation disorders
- Auditory processing disorder
Autism spectrum disorder
- Receptive / Expressive language delays
- Social language delays
- Delays due to hearing loss
- Fluency issues / Stuttering
- Speech and language delays
- Voice disorders
Some of our therapists’ specializations and treatment strategies they use include:
- Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Orton-Gillingham approach
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
- Prompt method
- Social Thinking
- Visualizing and Verbalizing
Signs your child may benefit from speech therapy
There are many reasons why a parent might seek speech therapy for their child including delayed milestones, speech sound errors, picky eating, difficulty with social communication or struggles with expression or understanding spoken directions. Our experienced team is happy to discuss your concerns and make recommendations. Schedule a free phone consultation, or complete our get started form to be connected with a pediatric therapist based on your child’s unique needs and personality. Once matched with a therapist, we will schedule a speech-language evaluation. Your child’s experienced TherapyWorks speech pathologist will determine whether your child will benefit from speech therapy and make recommendations for the frequency and duration of therapy.
Speech and language evaluations: What to expect
Your child’s speech language pathologist will set up the evaluation at a time that works for you and your child. Therapists use a variety of formal and informal assessment tools including developmental history, observation, language sample, oral motor examination, and standardized tests to obtain a comprehensive picture of your child’s speech and language skills and will create a customized treatment plan with goals specific to your child’s needs. An evaluation report can take up to two weeks to prepare and your child’s therapist will follow up with you to discuss the results of the evaluation and make recommendations for your child. You will receive a copy of your child’s detailed evaluation report and treatment plan from your child’s therapist. Goals and treatment plans are specific and measurable so that your child’s progress can be tracked. Communication is highly important to us so please be sure to reach out to your child’s therapist with any questions or concerns.
Treatment frequency and duration
The length of time your child will need speech therapy services will depend on the needs of your child and the specific goals outlined in the evaluation. Your child’s therapist will give you periodic updates on how your child is progressing toward his or her goals. Your therapist will work with you to establish a communication plan for all professionals, teachers, and caregivers who are working with your child. Ensuring that all providers are on the same page will positively impact your child’s progress.