Speech and language therapy services help improve all aspects of communication for children and adults so they may have their daily wants and needs met as well as enhances feeding/swallowing to maintain appropriate growth and nutrition.
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
Speech and language therapy improves patient’s verbal and nonverbal communication development. This includes speech sounds, expressive and receptive language, social/pragmatic language, voice, fluency/stuttering, cognition, feeding/swallowing, and oral motor control/coordination. IPT’s degreed and licensed Speech Language Pathologist has advanced experience in pediatric communication and feeding/swallowing practices which enhance therapeutic benefits.
Your child will receive a full evaluation including: case history, parent report, and clinical testing/impressions. If therapy is recommended, a customized treatment plan will be developed targeting your child’s specific needs. IPT’s Speech Language Pathologist creates a fun and safe environment to engage each child in motivating activities targeting each child’s specific treatment goals.
Does my child need speech and language therapy?
Children with mild to severe developmental differences due to known and unknown causes may show significant improvement with speech language therapy intervention. All children develop at different rates but the earlier a challenge is identified and treated, the better the outcome will be for you and your child’s quality of life.
Developmental red flags:
- Your child is difficult to understand
- Your child appears younger due to the way he/she speaks
- Your child is teased or shows frustrations because of his speech
- Your child is using fewer words than children his/her age
- Your child stutters
- Your child’s interactions or play seems unusual or inappropriate
- Your child is struggling with understanding tasks
- Your child shows little to no growth due to lack of eating (oral motor/sensory)
- Your child demonstrates frequent gagging/coughing, throw up/spit up, red/watery eyes, or overall discomfort during feeds
Background and benefits:
Speech and language pathology dates back to the 1900’s where it received it’s recognition in 1926 when the American Academy of Speech Correction was formed. The practice continued to develop over the next 20 years as therapy approaches became more widespread. Speech Language Pathologists are now considered experts of communication, feeding, and swallowing and treat almost every development delay/disorder.
IPT’s Speech Language Pathologist treat children from infancy through adolescence with a variety of developmental delays/disorders including: feeding/swallowing (dysphagia), oral motor deficits, expressive/receptive communication, pragmatics/social communication, cognition, articulation/phonological processing, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency/stuttering, and voice therapy.