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Speech and Language Services

What is a Speech Language Pathologist?

A Speech Language Pathologist is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech or language.  Speech Language Pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory and problem solving disorders.  Speech Language Pathologists also work with people who have swallowing difficulties.

What kinds of speech and language disorders affect children?

Speech and language disorders can impact the way children talk, understand, analyze or process information.  Language disorders of speech can affect your child's ability to hold meaningful conversations, understand others, problem solve, read and comprehend, and express thoughts through spoken or written words.  In addition, speech disorders can negatively influence the clarity, voice quality, and fluency of a child's spoken words making it difficult for them to be understood by caregivers or peers. 

How do speech, language, and hearing disorders affect learning?

Communication skills are imperative for children who are developing language critical to cognitive development and learning. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are involved in all forms of language.  Communication is vital in the process of learning.  The ability to participate in active communication and engage with peers and adults in various settings is essential for success.

What is a speech-language evaluation?

A speech-language evaluation is performed by a speech pathologist to assess an individual's developing speech, language, and communication skills.  A speech pathologist will obtain a variety of scores from standardized tests utilized in the evaluation. These scores (standard scores, age equivalents and percentile ranks), as well as formal and informal results, help determine if an individual has a delay or disorder requiring services.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most major insurances.

Do you offer services to adults?

Yes, we offers services to all individuals. We also have interpreters available that are fluent in Spanish and Sign Language.