LifeSteps’ Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are highly trained professionals who provide a wide range of services in the area of speech language disorders. Speech services begin with the initial assessment and diagnosis, and continue with treatment and consultation regarding management, intervention, and follow-up services regarding a variety of disorders. SLPs collaborate with other team members here at LifeSteps, health care professionals outside of our clinic, educators, and parents as part of a multidisciplinary team as dictated by the individual child’s needs.
- Speech (i.e. phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice).
- Language (i.e. phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of communication) including comprehension and expression; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills; and phonological awareness
- Voice (i.e. hoarseness, poor vocal volume, abnormal vocal quality). Research has been proven to demonstrate voice therapy to be especially helpful with certain patient populations.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (i.e. evaluation for and consideration of different types of AAC devices that will aid a patient in communicating). Whenever possible, SLPs utilize community resources to find funding for such devices.
- Sensory awareness related to communication and swallowing.
- Cognitive aspects of communication (e.g. memory, problem solving, executive functions).
Speech Disorders Addressed
An evaluation will be done by one of our licensed Speech Language Pathologists. During the evaluation, the therapists will gather information from you, perform standardized testing if appropriate, and observe your child. The therapist will identify problems and strengths and determine the best way to improve your child’s skills. If your child will benefit from speech therapy, an individual plan will be established with your input, your child’s input if appropriate, and the child’s doctor.