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Speech and Language Screenings

When parents first become concerned with their child’s speech or language development, a screening can be a good step to determine if a full speech-language evaluation is necessary.  Speech screenings typically last approximately 15 minutes and include gathering information from the parent as well as interaction with the child.  A screening alone cannot diagnose a speech or language disorder.  Following the screening, we will make a recommendation as to whether or not a full evaluation is needed.  Along with parental input, we will create a plan for the next step: either conduct an evaluation or decide that the child is on track with speech and language and wait several months before screening again.

Speech and Language Evaluations


Our evaluations consist of parental input, clinical observations and formal standardized testing. Results will be discussed and appropriate treatment and recommendations will be made.  


Areas of difficulty that are assessed include one or more of the following: 

  • Receptive language - what a child understands

  • Expressive language - what a child communicates

  • Social language (pragmatics)

  • Vocabulary

  • Oral motor skills

  • Speech articulation

Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy


Our therapy is provided to each child based on evaluation results and an individualized treatment plan designed to address specific areas of need. Therapy includes a variety of fun activities from play to tabletop work as well as parent training and coaching. 

Our services include treatment of the following: 


  • Oral Motor Disorders

  • Articulation/Phonological disorders

  • Apraxia of speech

  • Expressive Language- difficulty expressing wants and needs, using age-appropriate vocabulary, word structures (e.g. verb tense, possessives) and/or sentence structures.

  • Receptive Language/Language processing- difficulty following directions, understanding what has been said, using short-term memory skills

  • Critical thinking- difficulty understanding or discussing cause/effect, problem solving, inferential, and/or figurative language

  • Reading comprehension difficulty

  • Auditory processing disorder

  • Pragmatics- difficulty using appropriate social language

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We believe in a collaborative, team approach to therapy when necessary.  Consultative services occur when the need to consult with other professionals would be beneficial to your child's speech-language therapy.  Other professionals may include but is not limited to teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school based speech-language pathologists, etc. Consultations may occur in person or via phone conference.    

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