Speech therapy and language therapy are the treatments for most kids with speech and/or language disorders. A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
By assessing the speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing skills of children and adults, speech-language pathologists can identify types of communication problems and the best way to treat them. Our therapists work with children in the areas of articulation, expressive and receptive language skills, social language skills, and auditory processing skills. They will work with a child one-to-one or in a small group therapy session to overcome difficulties involved with a specific disorder.
Kids might need speech therapy and language therapy for a variety of reasons, including:
- Hearing impairments
- Cognitive (intellectual; thinking) or other developmental delays
- Weak oral muscles
- Birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
- Motor planning problems
- Respiratory problems (breathing disorders)
- Swallowing Disorders
- Traumatic brain injury. Our therapists have experience in public, private and clinical settings and are licensed and certified with the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and North Carolina.