Speech-Language Pathology Services
The ability to communicate is essential to a child’s early development and success at home, school and in the community. The Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics offers individualized evaluations and treatment for each child by ASHA certified speech- language pathologists.
Speech-Language Pathology services are available to target the following:
- Articulation and phonology
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Phonological awareness/reading
- Motor Speech disorders
- Feeding/oral motor skills
- Pragmatics/social skills
- Auditory Processing
Evaluations and treatments are available for a variety of diagnoses including:
- Autism Spectrum disorders
- Cognitive Impairments
- Developmental delays
- Congenital disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Attention Deficit disorders
- Feeding/Oral Motor/Swallowing Disorders
Speech Programs and Services
Speech-Language Pathology services include comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, consultations, parent counseling and treatment for children with communication or feeding / swallowing disorders.
Following an evaluation, our speech-language pathologists develop an individualized plan of care. Those children who do not have the prerequisites for speech may be trained to use an augmentative communication device such as a speech output device or picture exchange communication system (PECS).
We consider parents an integral member of the treatment team. Therefore, you will be asked to observe sessions so that you learn how to work with your child at home. Additional instructions for practice between sessions are given after each session.
The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists includes communication sciences and disorders and upper aerodigestive disorders. The following are general categories of the common disorders we treat:
- Language disorder − Characterized by difficulty understanding language or following directions, vocabulary, and/or the inability to choose appropriate words and combine them correctly for sentences.
- Articulation disorder (speech) − Characterized by the inability to produce individual speech sounds, or difficulty combining sounds correctly for words that are clear. Speech sounds may be incorrectly substituted (“tun” for sun), omitted (“ool” for school) or distorted (“shun” for sun).
- Fluency disorder (stuttering) − Characterized by an abnormal amount of involuntary repetitions, hesitations, prolongation, blocks or disruptions in the natural flow or rhythm of speech. This is often accompanied by secondary characteristics (tics and other movements).
- Voice disorder − Characterized by abnormal vocal pitch, loudness, quality or resonance.
- Feeding or swallowing disorder (dysphagia) − Characterized by difficulty with normal oral feeding or swallowing.
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