Speech Therapy

Communication is the key to human development

 

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy helps improve children’s verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Your child is one-of-a-kind, and his or her developmental needs are unique. At POTS our speech-language pathologists  work with each child and family in a motivating play setting to provide parents and caregivers with the education and tools needed to help your child meet his/her potential. Together, we can:

  • Help you connect with your child through language and non-verbal communication
  • Help your child succeed in academic environments
  • Improve your child’s communication and social abilities with children and adults
  • Reduce frustration due to difficulty understanding language or being understood
  • Help your child manage feeding and swallowing

What is a Speech Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist is a professional who specializes in working with individuals to improve their communication and feeding skills. In pediatrics, a speech-language pathologist works to develop and maximize the child’s speech, language, and feeding skills in a motivating play setting with the goal of increasing their independence and ability to communicate.

 

How Do I know if my child needs Speech Therapy?

  • Delayed development of speech sounds and language
  • Difficult to understand
  • Has difficulty understanding language and following directions
  • Hesitates often, repeats, or prolongs sounds
  • Has difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Has a voice that is too high, deep or raspy
  • Has difficulty hearing
  • Has difficulty with speech in a social context

 

What Speech Therapy Services does POTS provide?

  • Comprehensive assessment, therapy and support for children of all ages who are experiencing speech, language, literacy, stuttering, oral motor, praxis disorders of speech and/or central auditory processing disorders
  • Oral Motor therapy
  • Feeding Therapy utilizing a sensory approach for children who are picky eaters, in collaboration with occupational therapy
  • Myofunctional Therapy (tongue thrust)