At KidSPOT our team of speech and language pathologist work on speech and language, but they do so much more! Of course, pediatric speech-language pathologists work to help children communicate effectively by assisting with the improvement of their verbal and non-verbal language skills. But they also help with things like feeding and swallowing abilities. Seriously, how often do you actually think about how you chew? It takes a lot of muscles in your mouth! And our pediatric speech-language pathologists work with children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, to help with all of these skills. In addition to specializing in treating feeding and swallowing disorders, speech-language pathologists focus on improving three areas of communication – speech, receptive language, and expressive language.
Ability to speak clearly
Ability to develop language both expressive (what they are saying) and receptive (what they are understanding)
Ability to play
Ability to be social and interact with others
Ability to process what we hear
Development and strengthening of your infant or child’s oral-motor skills for feeding, drinking, and communicating.
Difficulty with feeding or swallowing – unable to safely eat or drink age-appropriate foods and liquids
Difficulty articulating certain sounds
Difficulty with fluent speech – stuttering
Difficulty using words, phrases, and sentences to communicate at an age appropriate level – needs help using words to communicate and/or turning words into phrases
Difficulty understanding information such as directions or questions – needs help understanding words spoken to them
Difficulty organizing information and regulating behavior
Feeding/Oral Motor Difficulties
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Articulation and motor speech disorders, including apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria
Neurological disorders (e.g., Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke)
Receptive and expressive language disorders/delays
Pragmatic Language Disorders
Auditory Processing Disorders
Hearing Impairments and/or multi-sensory impairments
Sensory Processing Disorder
Literacy and pre-literacy issues (Reading)
Our Pediatric Speech and Language Therapists love to create an engaging and enjoyable treatment session using movement, games, toys, books and pictures that motivate your child to participate and grow their language and communication skills.
Early Language Development
Beckman Oral Techniques
Swallow Right/Tongue Thrust Program
Sensory and Behavioral Feeding Programs for Picky Eaters
Breast/Bottle Feeding Intervention
Fluency (Stuttering) Intervention
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Picture Exchange Communication System – PECs.
Talk to your child's doctor if your child hasn't mastered most of the speech and language development milestones for his or her age or you're concerned about your child's development. Speech delays occur for many reasons, including hearing loss and developmental disorders. Depending on the circumstances, your child's doctor might refer your child to a hearing specialist (audiologist) or a speech-language pathologist.
In the meantime, talk to your child about what you're doing and where you're going. Sing songs and read together. Teach your child to imitate actions, such as clapping, and to say animal sounds. Practice counting. Show your child that you're pleased when he or she speaks. Listen to your child's sounds and repeat them back to him or her. Some affectionate "baby talk" to your child is OK, but remember that your child learns to speak by imitating you. These steps can encourage your child's speech and language development.
Once you have spoken with your child's pediatrician, our clinic will request a prescription for evaluation and set up an intake and evaluation appointment to review and assess your concerns about your child's development.
No worries though, you're child will love our clinic and most pediatric evaluations will include play to illicit responses. Most children enjoy our clinic so much that leaving is when the crying starts.
Due to Covid, state and clinic restrictions may limit the number of people who accompany children to therapy. Additionally, many of our waiting rooms are closed. However, we will work with all parents and guardians to establish a plan for treatment.