About Speech-Language Pathology
Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with their voice or resonance. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language).
Why a Speech and Language Pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist is a professional who identifies, assesses, and provides treatment for individuals with speech, language and swallowing problems. The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in both speech-language pathology and audiology. It is the only universally recognized credential for the professions. Only individuals who meet specific requirements may obtain the CCC. Holders of the CCC must abide by the ASHA Code of Ethics, which incorporates the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles.
Assessment and treatment of speech and language skills associated with:
- Orofacial Myology disorders in adults and children
- Articulation (phonology)
- Expressive language (use of language)
- Receptive language (understanding of language)
- Voice disorders
- Hearing loss
- Fluency disorder
- Apraxia of speech
- Social skills training
- Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
- Cognitive communication delay
- Tongue thrust
A speech and language evaluation is performed in order to determine each client’s speech and language skills within the context of his or her total development. This assessment allows us to determine if a communication disorder exists. Information about the client’s communication skills is gathered through checklists, formal and informal language testing, language sampling, observations and interviews with family members. Once an evaluation is complete, an individual treatment plan that utilizes one’s strengths to build his or her skills is developed.
Individual speech and language therapy is available to each client demonstrating communication difficulty. During therapy, one is engaged in activities that address specific communication goals. Our top priority is to select activities that are fun and engaging for your child while addressing his or her speech and language needs. We develop treatment plans that include goals and objectives based on each client’s individual strengths and needs. Parental involvement is essential for a child’s communicative success. Therefore, we encourage parents and caregivers to observe and participate in their child’s therapy sessions. Working together, we are able to increase consistency in language interactions across environments.