Specializing in speech therapy services that target the following speech & language disorders:
Articulation & Phonological Disorders
A disorder effecting individual speech sounds, such as replacing /w/ for /r/ or /t/ for /k/. These errors are predictable and consistent. Speech sounds develop at different times; therefore, some speech sound errors are developmentally appropriate for kids at certain ages.
A disorder effecting groups of speech sounds in a patterned, rule-based fashion such as final consonant deletion (i.e. – “how” for “house”, “dah” for “dog”), consonant cluster reduction (i.e. – “top” for “stop”, “seep” for “sleep”), and many others.
Expressive / Receptive Language Disorders
Receptive Language Disorder:
A disorder effecting a child’s understanding of spoken language. This would include following spoken directions, pointing to pictures, understanding the meaning of grammatical components (i.e. – “where is HER bag” vs “where is HIS bag”), and many others.
Expressive Language Disorder:
A disorder effecting a child’s ability to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and desires through verbal and non-verbal communication. This would include using single words, using phrases and sentences, using gestures and signs, using correct grammatical components, telling stories, and many others.
Fluency / Stuttering Disorder
Fluency (Stuttering) Disorder:
A neurological disorder effecting a child’s ability to use fluent speech. Typically, stuttering arises while a child is in preschool or shortly after. Stuttering encompasses sound repetitions (i.e. – “t-t-today”), single word repetitions (i.e. – “you you you want to come”), phrase repetitions (i.e. “I ate I ate I ate a cookie”), blocks (where the sound is seemingly “stuck”, i.e.- “b ---- oat”), and prolongations (where a sound is drawn out longer than it should, i.e. – “ssssssoft”). Stuttering is ever-changing and can present itself more or less in certain environments, situations, and while talking to different people.
Augmentative Alternative Communication
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC):
Augmentative Alternative Communication, or AAC, helps people communicate when they cannot do so verbally and can be used in any and all environments. This can be either “low tech” such as PECS (picture exchange communication system), symbol charts, communication boards, and switches or “high tech” such as speech generated devices on tablets that utilize advanced software. It should be noted that some people may use AAC for a limited amount of time and for others AAC may be the best form of communication long term.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood Apraxia of Speech:
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a disorder that has to do with the motor planning aspect of speech. Children with apraxia know what they want to say and have no structural issues preventing them from speaking; however, have difficulty carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for speech. Some common characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech include: inconsistent errors, articulatory groping, difficulty with the rhythm of speech, vowel errors, difficulty with prompted speech over spontaneous speech, difficulty with complex words over simple words, etc.
Pragmatic Language Disorder:
A disorder effecting a child’s ability to use social language appropriately and follow the rules of conversation. This includes a child’s ability to use appropriate eye-contact, initiate and respond to greetings, use appropriate verbal turn-taking skills, use conversational topic maintenance, etc.