Pediatric Speech Therapy
Pediatric Speech Therapy assists children (ages 0-21 years) who have feeding/swallowing disorders, communication concerns, or learning concerns. Speech-language therapists assess and treat problems associated with language, defined as the ability to use and understand meaningful symbols, and speech, defined as the production of sounds individually and in combination sequences to form words. In addition, speech-language therapists can diagnose and treat children with behavior related feeding issues, failure to grow, weight loss, feeding disorders, gastrointestinal motility problems, oral sensory-motor problems, and swallowing problems. Speech-language therapists play a key role in educating parents and caregivers about child development and they are able to adapt treatment interventions based on each child's learning needs. Some of the diagnoses that may require speech therapy include, but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, developmental delay, genetic disorders, birth defects, spina bifida, muscle diseases, Autism, cleft palate, prematurity, and neurological conditions.