A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech or language. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, but the terms actually have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/ she struggles with the “how-to” of talking—the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.

An SLP also evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty swallowing food or liquid. An SLP will help identify what part of the swallowing process is making it difficult for your child to eat (e.g., chewing, manipulating food with the tongue, coordinating mouth and throat structures and muscles, breathing appropriately while eating).

From: Super Duper Publications

Diagnoses Treated by Speech Therapy:

Developmental Delays

Articulation Disorders

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders

Myofunctional Disorder/Tongue Thrust

Language Difficulties Associated with Auditory Processing Disorder

Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders

Social Communication/Language Problems Due to Autism Spectrum Disorders


Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Speech Therapy Services for Your Child include:

Developmental Consultations and Evaluations related to speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders

Individualized treatment of speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders

Training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals

Working collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines

Speech Therapy Areas of Treatment and Instruction Provided:

Expressive Language: the ability to express wants, needs, and ideas as well as using vocabulary and concepts

Pragmatic Language: social language which includes using language for different purposes and following rules for conversations (taking turns, eye contact, etc.)

Articulation: producing speech sounds in words, sentences, and conversations

Phonology: recognizing and manipulating speech sounds to make words and build literacy skills

Reading/Writing: decoding and understanding written information, spelling correctly and writing in a clear organized fashion

Fluency: speaking smoothly at an appropriate speed in conversations

Cognitive Development: developing skills in memory, problem-solving, predicting and interacting with others. 

Oral-Motor and Oral-Sensory Function: using oral structures (mouth, teeth, tongue, etc.) for speech and safe, efficient eating

General Feeding Issues: accepting a variety of nutritious foods with varying flavors, textures, temperatures, and chewing demands