Pediatric speech-language pathologists treat communication challenges, both expressive and receptive, that cause children to have difficulty with verbal communication. Speech therapy also covers oral-motor concerns, such as chewing and swallowing, as well as articulation, auditory processing and social skills.

Our pediatric speech-language pathologists will assess any concern you may have as well as your child’s:

  • Speech
  • Language
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Swallowing

Some conditions to look for when considering speech therapy for your child:

SPEECH LANGUAGE

• Speech is difficult to understand

• Does not babble, no words by 12 months

• No two-word phrases by 20 months

• Difficulty understanding directions or simple questions (may repeat all or part of question or repeat “what”?)

• Stuttering or dysfluent speech to include “blocking” (getting “stuck” on words) or repeating part of a word; may be accompanied by physical struggle behaviors

• Hoarse voice quality; exhibits signs of vocal abuse (i.e. yelling, screaming, noisemaking, loud voice, growling)

FEEDING/SWALLOWING/ORAL MOTOR

• Weak, uncoordinated or ineffective suck

• Uncoordinated rhythm of suck-swallow-breathe; may struggle, arch, infrequently pause to breathe, or exhibit increased tone

• Frequent coughing, choking or gasping for air when eating or drinking

• Loses food or liquid while eating/drinking

• Difficulty transitioning to new food consistencies

• Excessive drooling

• Picky eater / Problem feeder