PEDIATRIC SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPY
Who we are:
Pediatric speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with a variety of diagnoses which impair the child from understanding and communicating effectively and functionally with others around them. Speech-language pathologists use therapeutic and play based activities in order to improve understanding and use of language, sound production, fluency of speech, healthy voice, social language skills and more. Our speech-language therapists obtain a state license and are certified members of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) with backgrounds in early intervention, outpatient and school-based settings.
Who we treat:
As pediatric speech-language pathologists, we can treat any child who is having difficulty understanding or expressing themselves so that they may functionally communicate with others in their environment and daily activities.
This includes but it not limited to children with a primary or secondary diagnosis of:
- Expressive/Receptive Language Delay
- Pragmatic (Social) Language Deficits
- Language and Auditory Processing Disorders
- Fluency Disorders
- Sound Production Deficits (Articulation and Phonological Disorders)
- Apraxia of Speech and Oral Motor Deficits
- Voice Disorders
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Learning Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cleft Lip and Palate
Our speech pathologists have made a priority of continuing education and have subsequently received specialty-area trainings and certifications. These trainings include but are not limited to:
- Kaufman Speech Praxis (apraxia)
- Debra Beckman oral motor seminar
- Hanen Parent Programs - It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words
- Pam Marshalla seminars
- Sarah Rosenfeld Johnson and Lori Overland seminars targeting oral motor and feeding therapy
- PECS training
Where we treat:
- Our clinic in Clifton Park, NY for all private pay and insurance patients
- Preschools and Daycares
How we evaluate and treat:
In conducting an evaluation, a speech-language pathologist will look at a child's speech and language skills within the context of total development. Besides observing your child, the speech therapist will conduct standardized tests and scales, and look for milestones in speech and language development.
The speech-language pathologist will also assess:
- What your child understands (receptive language)
- What your child can say (expressive language)
- If your child is attempting to communicate in other ways, such as pointing, head shaking, gesturing, etc.
- Sound development and clarity of speech
- Your child's oral-motor status (how a child's mouth, tongue, palate, etc., work together for speech as well as eating and swallowing)
- Whether the child may need to utilize augmentative and alternative communication methods (i.e. forms of communication not including oral speech). Examples would include picture and symbol communication boards, electronic devices, etc. These methods are often used to supplement existing speech or to provide the child with a functional way to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, and ideas to others.
- If the speech-language pathologist finds that your child needs speech therapy, your involvement will be very important. You can observe therapy sessions and learn to participate in the process. The speech therapist will show you how you can work with your child at home to improve speech and language skills.
Our speech-language pathologists deliver treatment that is tailored to the needs of each child. A variety of strategies and techniques will be employed in order to achieve goals targeted and maximize each child's potential. Strategies may include Floortime principles, behavior management strategies, technology including the use of IPads as tools, and picture schedules. Our philosophy highlights parent involvement and education.