Speech-Language Therapy

All of our speech-language pathologists have graduate degrees and have been awarded, or are working on, their Certificate of Clinical Competence, the highest level of excellence in the field.

What is Speech-Language Therapy?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), sometimes called speech therapists, work to prevent, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders.

Our speech-language therapy programs address:

  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders: Difficulties producing speech sounds that impact speech intelligibility.
  • Cognitive Disorders: Difficulty with thinking, perceiving, and understanding at an age-appropriate level.
  • Fluency Disorders: Difficulty with the flow of speech.
  • Language Disorders: Difficulties understanding (receptive) or producing (expressive) language.
  • Voice Disorders: Difficulty producing vocal quality, pitch, loudness, duration, and resonance appropriate for age or gender.

Our specialty programs include:

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): Includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas, including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). AAC is used by those with a wide range of speech and language impairments, including congenital impairments such as cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment, and autism, and acquired conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. We have an extensive AAC lab with state-of-the-art equipment and communication devices and highly trained staff.
  • Feeding Therapy: interventions for children who do not consume enough volume or variety of foods and liquids to grow and to have optimal nutrition for health.
  • Oral Placement Therapy: uses a combination of auditory, visual, and tactile input to the mouth to improve speech clarity.
  • PROMPT: Prompts for Restructuring Oral and Muscular Phonetic Targets. Very hands-on and utilizes techniques based on touch pressure and cues to help reshape the way the brain and mouth work together.
  • SOS Feeding Program:  SLPs and OTs work together in this program.  The SOS Approach to Feeding is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. It has been developed over the course of 30 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey, in conjunction with colleagues from several different disciplines including: Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, and Speech-Language Pathologists. This program integrates motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, sensory and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.