Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy
If your child has difficulty communicating or feeding, Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy Program can help.
Our Master’s level speech language pathologists will work closely with your child, your family and Good Shepherd’s physical and occupational therapy teams to help meet your goals and achieve maximum results. Our clinical team will also work closely with local school districts and child agencies to coordinate the highest level of care for your child.
Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Speech and Communication Department specializes in evaluating and treating:
- Augmentative and alternative communications
- Developmental and Behavioral feeding problems
- Hearing impairments
- Issues with listening, reading, writing or speaking (Aphasia)
- Issues with pragmatic language and social skills
- Oral motor issues
- Motor speech disorders (Apraxia)
- Stuttering or articulation disorders
- Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia)
- Voice disorders
Pediatric Voice Therapy:
If your child is experiencing vocal impairments related to vocal abuse or organic changes to vocal mechanisms resulting from resonance disorders, cancer or laryngitis, Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Voice Therapy can help.
Voice Therapy is designed to help improve your child’s communication skills so he or she can successfully function at home, school or in the community.
Following a thorough evaluation, Good Shepherd’s expert speech and language pathologists will develop a unique treatment plan, tailored to meet your family’s goals. The plan, which may also include home programs, will be developed in conjunction with you, your family and your physician.
Dysfluency, or the interruption of smooth speech, may be developmental, or could result from emotional trauma or brain injury. If your child experiences disruptions or breaks in speech, Pediatric Fluency can help.
The expert speech and language pathologists in Pediatric Fluency use a systems approach to rehabilitation. They rely on targeted training designed to enhance awareness of the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that contribute to more fluent speech patterns.
Pediatric Cognitive Linguistic Therapy:
If your child has sustained a brain injury that has altered his or her ability to manage daily activities, Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Cognitive Linguistic Therapy can help.
Children referred for cognitive linguistic treatment are first seen for an evaluation. Good Shepherd’s speech language pathologists then work with your family to develop a remediation program, which includes short- and long-term goals. The assessment will identify deficits in your child’s:
- Ability to process information
- Attention and ability to concentrate
- Auditory comprehension
- Long- and short-term memory
- Numerical reasoning
- Orientation, insight and initiation
- Problem solving and judgment skills
- Reading comprehension
- Social skills
- Thought organization
- Time management
- Written expression
Pediatric Communication Skills Group:
If your child has completed a speech therapy program, a speech language pathologist may recommend he or she participate in Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Communication Skills Group to help maintain the skills acquired in therapy. The following groups are offered on a rotating basis at various times throughout the day:
- Articulation groups
- Auditory processing groups
- Augmentative and alternative communication groups
- Fluency groups
- Pragmatics: Social skills group for ages 3 to 18
For more information on the Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy Program, contact us or call 610-776-3109.