Pediatric Specialty Care

Spotlight on Staff… Speech Language Pathologist

Category: General

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The Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Therapist responsibilities are to work with each child to assess their ability to eat, swallow and communicate. If the child is able to eat by mouth, the speech therapist will help to determine the best food/texture for their diet. The speech therapist also accesses the child’s ability to communicate both verbally and/or through alternate means of communication which includes use of switches, picture boards, etc.

The Speech Therapist can help children with the following diagnoses:
¢ Aphasia
¢ AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
¢ Developmental apraxia of speech
¢ Language-based learning disabilities
¢ Stuttering
¢ Brain injury
¢ Orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrust)
¢ Feeding problems
¢ Dysphagia or Swallowing problems
Speech Therapy is provided for children with:
¢ Tracheostomies
¢ Ventilators
¢ Passy Muir valves
¢ Augmentative and alternative communication devices

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