Speech Therapy

SPEECH THERAPY

Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. Developing strong communication skills is one of the most important elements to socializing and creating relationships. Communicating can be difficult for children with speech and/or language disorders, causing frustration and isolation. Speech therapy A Speech-Language Pathologist helps children overcome communication obstacles.

Your child may need speech therapy if they have difficulty with speech/articulation (pronouncing sounds or words) or using words to communicate. Because the muscles and structures used for speech (such as lips, tongue, teeth, palate and throat) are also used in eating, a speech and language pathologist may also help with feeding and swallowing difficulties, also known as dysphagia.

Our team of pediatric speech therapists provide screening, assessment, consultation, and treatment in the following areas:

We offer Speech Therapy services to children birth through adolescence, with a wide variety of needs and diagnoses:

We also provide Family Support Services such as:

  • Development of Home Programs
  • Preschool and School Consultations
  • Parent Consultations

How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

All children are unique and develop at their own rates. Even siblings who are growing up in the same home might acquire language skills at different times! So, how do we know if or when to take our children to speech therapy? Here are a few signs to look for that might be indicators that your child could benefit from an evaluation by a certified speech-language pathologist: 

  • Demonstrates any “regressions” or loss of language/words (i.e. he used to say “mama” but stopped)
  • Does not use 25 words consistently by 18 months
  • Uses gestures than words at 18 months
  • Uses less than 50 words by 2 years
  • Does not combine words into 2- and 3-word phrases by 2 years
  • Not able to understand or follow directions by 2 years
  • Familiar people understand less than 50% of what they say at 2 years
  • Is not consistently combining words into short sentences by 2.5 years
  • Familiar people understand less than 75% of what they say at 3 years
  • Unfamiliar listeners have difficulty understanding child at 4 years
  • Difficulty engaging with peers in pretend/imaginative play at 3-4 years
  • Does not develop more complex grammatical concepts between 3-5 years

Average age of acquisition of English Consonants across the world 

(90-100% criteria)

2 years old: P

3 years old: B, T, D, K, G, M, N, NG, F, H, Y, W

4 years old: V, S, Z, SH, CH, J, L

5 years old: TH (voiced “THem”) R

6 years old: TH (voiceless “paTH”)

Crowe, K., & McLeod, S. (2020). Children’s English consonant acquisition in the United States: A review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00168