Pediatric speech and language therapists help children learn language and speech to support the development of communication skills in their everyday life.  A speech therapist may also help a child improve their swallowing abilities to progress in feeding skills.  A child participating in speech therapy may need to improve their:

  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Hearing Impairments and/or multi-sensory impairments
  • Pragmatic Language Disorders
  • Cognitive/Attention Impairments
  • Articulation and motor speech disorders, including apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria
  • Neurological disorders (such as Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, or stroke)
  • Fluency/stuttering
  • Receptive language skills (what is understood)
  • Socialization and interaction skills
  • Play skills
  • Ability to use augmentative and alternative communication, PECS, or signs for functional communication

Diagnoses commonly seen by speech therapists include:

  • Oral motor skills (mouth, lips, and tongue strength, movement, and coordination)
  • Swallowing skills and swallowing pattern for safe swallowing
  • Ability to speak clearly (articulation, speech/sound production)
  • Expressive language skills (what is said)
  • Feeding/Oral Motor Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Prematurity
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Craniofacial abnormalities
  • Receptive and expressive language disorders/delays
  • Language Delay
  • Phonologic Disorders

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