Speech Therapy Services

We offer one-on-one speech and language evaluations and therapy for children who have difficulty with speech, language, communication, swallowing, feeding, stuttering, voice, and learning problems.  Some diagnoses we treat include, but are not limited to, articulation delays, autism, ADHD, tongue thrust, expressive, and receptive language delays, apraxia of speech, and phonological processing disorders.

We also provide one-on-one speech and language evaluations and therapy for adults suffering from communication, cognitive, speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders.  These include those diagnosed with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, head and neck cancer, strokes, and Parkinson's Disease, to name a few.

Early Childhood:

At The SpOT Clinic, we believe in the importance of early intervention.  It is important for the family to have a relationship with family of the child to educate families on the best ways to support the child outside of the treatment room for carry-over.   The Speech-language pathologists are a part of an early intervention team to assist children in developing skills such as

  • cognitive skills (thinking, learning, problem-solving);

  • communication skills (gesturing, talking, listening, understanding); and

  • social–emotional skills (playing, understanding feelings, making friends);

Therapy for each child is individualized based on the needs of the child and the family.  The most important step is to begin therapy early.  Our treatment typically involves the use of games and play to utilize repetitive routines needed to teach children and to maintain attention and maximize responses.  

Preschool  Children:

Preschool speech therapy closely mimics the preschools classroom.  It ​involves a combination of play therapy as used . in early childhood speech therapy coupled with structured activities.  The child begins to follow multi-step commands and maintain a longer attention span to complete tasks.  Lots of language stimulation, or the use of repetitive language, is used to introduce new and important vocabulary and concepts the child will need for beginning school to function in the classroom and to interact with teachers and peers.  Treatment may also include targeting those sounds that the child should be saying at his/her age.  All sounds have an age in which they should develop.  For more information about ages in which sounds typically develop, click here.

"Intelligibility" is the amount of a child's speech that is considered to be understood.  This chart shows the percentage that should be understood by familiar adults (mom, dad, siblings, etc.) by age.

 

% Intelligibility                              Age

      50 - 75%                                     3

         85%                                         4                  

   Nearly 100%                                  5

School-Age Children:

The Speech-Language Pathologists at The SpOT clinic​ treat school-age children who may need services or additional support for speech and/or language delays.  We treat children with articulation delays (specific sound difficulties), expressive language (problems conveying their spoken message), receptive language (understanding), non-verbal children who need augmentative communication, stuttering problems, voice disorders, or tongue thrusts prior to having orthodontic treatment.  Although school-age speech therapy is structured, we do include goal appropriate games to maintain attention and to increase the child's engagement in their therapy progress.  Each child develops at his/her own pace and will vary from normative data, charts may be used as guidelines only.  For more information on school age developmental norms, please click here.

Adults:

Adults who have suffered from traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, cancer, are seen by our speech-language pathologists.​  We treat adult speech, language, swallowing, and problems with cognitive function (for example: problems that affect a person's learning, memory, perception, or problem solving skills).  There are many reasons adults have a need for speech and language therapy.  In addition to the treatment of the client's speech and/or language need, there is also a need for support for the family and emotional support for the client.  Family members and clients grieve what they no longer do.  Referrals may be made, if needed, to other professionals to help with these needs as well.  Speech-language pathologist are a part of an interdisciplinary team who are responsible for providing the best possible comprehensive care to all clients.  We are here for you and your family!

We offer treatment for the following diagnoses (not all inclusive):

Speech

  • Speech Sound Disorder/Articulation Disorder

  • Phonological Processing Disorder

  • Apraxia of Speech

  • Fluency (Stuttering Disorder)

  • Voice Disorder

  • Tongue Thrust/Swallow Disorder

  • Non-verbal comunication

  • Head/neck cancer

  • Dysarthria

  • Cleft Lip/Palate

  • Cerebral Palsy

Language

  • Developmental Language Delay

  • Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorder

  • Social Pragmatic Language Disorder

  • Phonological Awareness Disorder

  • Reading Disorder (e.g., Dyslexia)

  • Writing Disorder (e.g., Dysgraphia)

  • Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Various other syndromes

  • Aphasia

  • Sensory Processing Disorders

  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Other

  • Writing Disorders (dysgraphia)

  • Reading Disorders

  • Neurological Disease (Parkinson's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis)

  • Accent Modification

  • Birth Injuries/Birth Defects

  • Other chronic illnesses

To schedule an evaluation:

Please contact The SpOT Clinic at 256-517-9277 to schedule a speech and language evaluation. A physician's referral/prescription is required prior to scheduling.  Evaluations may be conducted over one to two days depending on your child’s needs. We want to ensure that each child is able to show us their current skill level to the best of their abilities. Depending on your child, a combination of age-level standardized assessments, clinical observations, as well as parent questionnaires and interviews will be used to obtain the most appropriate measures of his/her current level of functioning. If it is determined that your child would benefit from alternative or additional services, we work with each family to ensure that appropriate referrals are made. Please see the parent information tab (link) to download patient forms.

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