What is Speech Therapy?
At Northwest Pediatric Therapy, speech-language pathologists work with children from birth to age 21 on an individual, one-on-one basis, to overcome difficulties involved with specific communication and/or feeding disorders.
Our therapists provide speech therapy in our clinic, homes, and daycares / preschools. Our motto is "A child at play is a child at work", therefore, therapy sessions are centered around functional play activities but structured by the individual therapist depending on what the child's needs are.
Who provides Speech Therapy?
Speech-Language Pathologists, also referred to as speech therapists, are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. Therapists at Northwest Pediatric Therapyhave at least a master's degree and state certification, as well as a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Does my child need Speech Therapy?
Your child may need therapy if he or she exhibits one or more of the following:
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Tongue Thrust
- Speech Sound Disorders: Articulation and Phonological Processes
- Fluency Disorders: Stuttering
- Unintelligible Speech
- Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorders
- Language Based Learning Disorders
- Selective Mutism
Medical and Developmental Conditions
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
- Down Syndrome
- Developmental Delays
- Failure to Thrive
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Other Genetic-Based Disorders
When Should Therapy Begin?
Research has found that the EARLY identification of speech and language disorders and other developmental delays can prevent future problems with learning, reading, behavior, as well as a child's success academically and socially when the child enters school.
Children enrolled in therapy early in their development (before 3 years of age) generally have better outcomes than those who begin therapy later. Children older than 3 years tend to make progress at a slower rate.