Speech/Language Therapy

Speech Language Therapy

Communication is an amazing thing

The ability to communicate is one of life’s greatest gifts. At The Children’s Institute, our speech/language pathologists work with kids from infancy to age 21 to help them develop and strengthen these life-enriching skills. Our speech/language pathologists work with patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

It all starts with understanding

In most cases, therapy starts with an evaluation that helps our pathologists pinpoint issues and areas where therapy is needed. These evaluations may assess:

  • Articulation and intelligibility
  • Assistive/ augmentative communication
  • Auditory processing: interpreting information one hears
  • Cognition/play
  • Expressive language: communicating through words, gestures and/or alternative methods
  • Fluency/stuttering
  • Hearing
  • Oral motor for eating and talking
  • Pragmatic language/social skills
  • Receptive language: comprehending and understanding
  • Voice

When therapy is needed, it’s given with great care and success.

After evaluation, our therapists create individualized programs that can use one or a combination of strategies such as:

  • Traditional speech and language treatment
  • Structured play
  • Phonological approach
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS)
  • Relationship-based interventions
  • Oral motor for feeding and speech development
  • State-of-the-art technology and equipment to supplement various strategies
  • Collaboration with home and community therapists
  • Caregiver education and training

When should you turn to our speech/language pathologists?

Here are some basic benchmarks and guidelines to help you determine if your child should be referred for speech/language therapy services:

  • Multiple errors in speech and is not understood by age 3.
  • Inconsistent errors, unintelligible speech, extremely limited numbers of sounds.
  • Not making eye contact and turn-taking with actions or vocalizations by 6 months of age, or not recognizing objects or pictures by age 2.
  • Non-verbal or speaking only in single words at 2.5 years of age; or if unable to produce complete, complex sentences by age 4.
  • Trouble recalling and using new information because of problems with language, attention and memory.
  • No friends because he/she is unable to interact with others at an age-appropriate level, such as following rules of conversation.
  • Voice does not sound right. For example, hoarse, raspy, breathy or if the child likes to scream or talk loudly.
  • Stuttering.
  • Drools beyond the age of 4.
  • Cannot manage the transition to table foods.


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