Speech Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology offers evaluation and specialized treatment to infants and children with a variety of communication disorders. Our Pediatric Speech Therapists (ST) integrate all aspects of speech and language development, not just how clearly a child speaks.  This includes receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, articulation, respiration and fluency. Cognitive components such as problem solving and reasoning are also addressed by speech therapists. Other aspects of treatment may include the development and training of alternative and augmentative communication, oral motor abilities, swallowing and feeding skills.

Speech-language pathologists are required to have either a master’s or doctoral level degree in speech-language pathology before taking a national board examination and completing a supervised Clinical Fellowship Year. Typical areas of study include anatomy and physiology, neurolinguistics, speech science, physical science, human development, psychology, phonetics, social/behavioral sciences, linguistics, and semantics. Our therapists are licensed to practice in Kentucky and maintain certification by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Specialized evaluation and treatment is provided in the following areas:

• Auditory Processing Deficits
• Fluency/Stuttering Disorders
• Language Deficits/Delays including Expressive and/or Receptive
• Articulation and Phonological Disorders/ Delays
• Cognitive Deficits/Delays
• Augmentative Communication
• Oral Motor and/or Feeding Delays
•Tongue Thrust
• Speech and Language Delays related to hearing loss
• Social Skill Deficits
• Voice Disorders
• Dysarthria/Apraxia of Speech
• Cognitive Linguistic Deficits related to brain injuries
• Specialized training in the following: Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
• Sensory Regulation
• Pediatric Feeding

Speech Therapy

Promotes development of oral-motor, language, and communication skills

Focuses on developmental milestones for receptive and expressive language

Addresses concerns for children with neurological impairment, learning disabilities, developmentally delays, stuttering, verbal and oral apraxia, articulation and voice disorders, and hearing impairment

Recommends augmentative communication systems, sign language, and lip reading when appropriate

Develops self-confidence and public speaking skills

Improves feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may include changing diet texture, exercising weakened muscles and learning new ways to swallow

Considers socialization and emotional development, sensory processing, as well as attention and cognitive abilities

Supports a self-advocacy, family education and training, and a comprehensive approach to health-care and medical needs

Indicators your child may need speech therapy

Not using words or gestures to communicate by 12 months

Is making minimal eye contact or is not even trying to communicate by 12 months

Not eating soft table foods at 12 months or is having difficulties transitioning through food textures

Not making 2-word sentences by 2 years of age

Seems not to hear you or has “selective” hearing

Adults besides mom and dad have difficulty understanding your child after the age of 3

 

Seems to have difficulty learning sounds with letters in preschool and kindergarten

Has difficulty following directions or problem-solving in school

Has a diagnosis of a hearing loss at any age-including prior to age 1

Has a history of chronic ear infections or tubes

“Stutters” beyond 5 years of age

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