Pediatric Speech Therapy

Communication is Key to Human Development & Relationships

The goal of our pediatric speech therapy department is to improve the quality of everyday life for children with a range of developmental delays and special needs. Team members work to develop individualized therapy programs to optimize development for patients from birth to young adulthood. Our team approach and child-friendly atmosphere help children reach age-appropriate and condition-appropriate goals. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are specially trained in pediatric therapy and provide support, assessments, and interventions tailored to help each child reach his/her maximum potential.

What Happens During Speech/Language Therapy?

When you bring your child in for evaluation and treatment, you can expect:

  • Evaluation lasting up to 90 minutes and treatment lasting up 60 minutes
  • Conversation about your child’s strengths and areas of need
  • Play-based methods for younger children and strategy-based methods for older children
  • Therapy tools tailored to your child’s interests
  • Recommendations on how to target speech/language and feeding skills at home

There is no “one size fits all” therapy! Talk to your speech/language pathologist about your child’s specific needs!

Does My Child Need Speech/Language Therapy?

16-18 months

  • No words or a limited vocabulary
  • Produces few consonant sounds

24-26 months

  • Not yet combining words for short sentences

3-4 years

  • Not yet retelling stories or talking about past events
  • Not understood 75-100% of the time by family and caregivers
  • Difficulty using grammar and specific vocabulary words
  • Difficulty following directions

6+ years

  • Difficulty memorizing facts, learning, reading, or recalling words
  • Difficulty pronouncing speech sounds clearly
  • Difficulty engaging in conversation

Any age

  • A chronically hoarse or harsh voice quality
  • Involuntary & frequent repetitions, hesitations, prolongations, blocks or disruptions during speech
  • Inability, difficulty, or refusal to chew or eat by mouth
  • Frequent coughing or choking on foods or liquids

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, talk to your primary care physician about making a speech/language therapy & audiology (hearing) referral. Call (719) 589-8100 to schedule a speech/language evaluation.