Pediatric Speech Therapy:

Our state-licensed Speech Language Pathologists are trained to evaluate and treat various speech, voice, and language disorders, including: 

  • expressive and receptive language disorders
  • communication disorders
  • articulation and phonological disorders
  • cognitive skills such as problem-solving and reasoning
  • feeding and swallowing
  • oral motor skills
  • augmentative communication
  • behavior management

Speech Milestones:

By age 1: Recognizes name; Says 2-3 words in addition to "mama" and "dada"; Imitates familiar words; Understands simple instructions; Recognizes words as symbols for objects: (examples) Car- points to garage, cat – meows.

Ages 1-2 yrs: Understands "no"; Uses 10 to 20 words including names; Combines two words such as "daddy bye-bye"; Waves good-bye and plays pat-a-cake; Makes the "sounds" of familiar animals; Gives a toy when asked; Uses words such as "more" to make wants known; Points to their toes, eyes, and nose; Brings object from another room when asked.

How do I know if my child could benefit from Speech Therapy?

  • Not meeting the expected developmental milestones during the first 15-24 months of life (i.e., cooing, babbling, producing first word(s)
  • Difficulty coordinating and planning oral-motor movements (tongue, lips) to formulate sounds/ syllables or have weak oral motor movements (i.e., weak jaw and/or tongue strength)
  • Not putting two words together to produce phrases and short sentences
  • Articulation difficulties where their speech consists of substitutions ( i.e., “f ” for “th,” “w” for “l”), distortions (i.e., the “s” sound may be a lisp or sounds messy), omissions (i.e., the word “cat” is produced “ca.”)
  • Weaknesses in receptive language skills or the ability to understand Language. (includes following simple directions, identifying spatial and temporal concepts, understanding prepositions, identifying antonyms, synonyms, multiple-meaning words, etc.)
  • Weaknesses in expressive language skills or the ability to communicate through words, facial expressions, gestures, or other nonverbal forms
  • Difficulties in social situations, such as appropriate turn-taking skills, eye contact, understanding a communication partner’s feelings, introducing and maintaining a topic, etc.
  • Limited food repertoire or have a food repertoire that is limited to certain textures, such as puree
  • Numerous disfluencies where they may repeat a sound, word, or phrase before completing a sentence
  • Poor vocal quality, such as a hoarse or weak voice as well as vocal nodules