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)