PEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPY
Does your one-year old have a 10 word or less vocabulary or have difficulty identifying labeled objects?
Does your two-year old struggle to follow verbal directions? Does he or she struggle to use phrases of two to three words?
Is your toddler having difficulty transitioning to purees or table foods?
Does your child drool excessively?
Does your child have a diagnosis or disorder in which speech, language, articulation or pragmatic skills may be compromised?
Speech Therapy for Kids and Toddlers
Speech therapy for kids and toddlers addresses these issues. We work together to evaluate your child’s current skills. A plan is then created and implemented to help your child and family raise these skills to an age expected level. With these new skills in place your child will feel more confident about speaking to others. They will have the tools to thrive socially, emotionally and academically.
We See Your Child at Home, School, or Daycare
We see our clients wherever they are in the Chicagoland area. We are happy to see children in their home, school, daycare, grandma’s house, or virtually. We believe it’s better for your child and your family. With your child we can use a combination of their possessions as well as ours during our sessions to encourage the most amount of success. For example, if your child struggles with the “B” sound we can practice using their baby dolls, their balls, and other toys containing the target phonemes. Therefore, your child will associate the target sound with objects they’re familiar with and engage in play with regularly. We are also available to go to their school to work with teachers and staff when needed.
Meanwhile, since we’re coming to you, you don’t have to get to an office – no fighting traffic, figuring out coverage with your other children, or any schedule limitations due to travel.
We are licensed, American Speech & Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredited pediatric Speech-language Pathologists who hold Certificates of Clinical Competences (CCC). We specialize in speech therapy for kids and toddlers. Our pediatric clients age in range from birth to adolescence. We can help with:
Articulation Problems :
Not speaking clearly and making errors in sound production.
Fluency Problems :
Trouble with the flow of speech, such as stuttering.
Oral Feeding Problems :
Difficulty with eating, swallowing and drooling.
Receptive Language Problems :
Trouble understanding (receiving) language.
Expressive Language Problems :
Trouble speaking (expressing) language.
Pragmatic Language Problems :
Trouble using language in socially appropriate ways.
Our Speech-language pathologists use strategies tailored for each child’s particular challenge. Strategies we use include:
Language Intervention Activities :
These activities build skills in a variety of ways, including modeling and giving kids feedback. The therapist might use pictures and books or play-based therapy.
Articulation Therapy :
The speech-language pathologist uses a variety of modes to elicit accurate sound production. This might include demonstrating how to move the tongue, lips and cheeks to create specific sounds.
Feeding and Swallowing Therapy :
The speech-language pathologist teaches the child exercises to strengthen the muscles of the mouth. This might include facial massage and various tongue, lips, cheeks and jaw exercises. She might also use different food tastes, textures and temperatures to improve oral awareness during eating and swallowing.
Pragmatic Therapy :
The speech-language pathologist can help your child use language for differents purposes such as to greet, inform people about things, demand, command, request. The therapist can also provide your child with the ability to adapt language to meet the needs of the listener or situation. In addition, our therapists can assist your child with the unspoken rules of conversation and storytelling. We often work on taking turns in conversations, looking at the speaker, standing at and appropriate distance from the speaker, as well as using facial expressions and gestures.