PEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPY
WHAT IS SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY?
Speech Language Pathology is more than just learning how to pronounce your R’s and S’s.
Speech Language Pathology works to assess, diagnose, prevent, and treat disorders
having to do with speech and communication.
Speech Language Pathology addresses issues with:
Speech – When your child has trouble producing speech.
Language – When your child has trouble understanding others.
Social Communication – When your child has trouble holding a conversation with other or following social norms.
Cognitive Communication – When your child has trouble organizing their thoughts.
Swallowing – When your child has trouble eating or, more specifically, swallowing.
SHOULD MY CHILD GET A SPEECH EVALUATION?
Signs of speech or language disorders present themselves differently depending on your child’s age.
Usually the idea is to look for what they’re not doing, rather than what they are doing. Here are a few key examples of what to look for. If you notice any of these in your child, you may want to consider getting them evaluated.
1 year old
Doesn’t respond to their name
Doesn’t make eye contact
Doesn’t make any baby babbling sounds
2 years old
Not combining 2-word phrases
Speaks less than 50 words
Has limited social skills
Not following simple instructions
3 years old
Not finding the right words to describe objects he/she wants
Not combining 4-5 word sentences
Not understood well by others
Not answering simple questions
Not playing well with others
Loss of speech words previous learned and used
ALSO BE AWARE...
If your child experiences the following at anytime after 2 years,
you should take them to a specialist:
* Problems sucking,
chewing, or swallowing
* Problems with control and coordination of lips, tongue, and jaw
* A sudden loss of speech
* Gagging or vomiting while eating
* Excessive drooling
* Restricted food preferences, extreme “picky eating”
WHY CHOOSE THE HYCHE CENTER FOR SPEECH THERAPY?
We know one-size does not fit all!!
Our Speech & Language Department offers a variety of unique services and programs, ensuring your child gets the treatment that works best for them. Therapists are trained in administering evaluations and ongoing sessions for a large spectrum of speech-language disorders and feeding disorders.