Being able to communicate effectively is essential to a child’s success at home, at school and in the community. It allows him to reach his fullest potential. This is why speech, language and voice problems should be identified and treated as early as possible.
Our pediatric speech-language pathologists have the expertise, diagnostic tools and treatment methods to help children develop strong speech and language skills. By using age-appropriate techniques, games and activities, they are able to keep patients engaged and motivated.
Specialized training, including certification in fluency disorders, helps our speech-language pathologists better understand the muscles of the mouth and throat. That kind of expertise also allows them to provide evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of conditions, from stuttering to feeding or swallowing disorders.
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Our pediatric speech-language pathologists provide individualized evaluation and treatment to improve communication and address a variety of conditions and disorders:
- Pronunciation problems, like articulation, phonology, apraxia and dysarthria
- Child hearing loss
- Language delays and disorders
- Voice pitch, rate and loudness
- Feeding and swallowing problems
Our speech-language pathologists use research-based, standardized testing to evaluate a variety of speech and language conditions.
They also perform two diagnostic studies for feeding and swallowing disorders that provide objective results:
- Oral pharyngeal motility study (OPMS), or modified barium swallow study (MBSS)–Using radiology, this study looks at how food and liquids are controlled by the mouth and throat.
- Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)–In this study, a child’s swallowing is viewed through a camera gently inserted through the nose. Our speech-language pathologists perform the test with a pulmonologist or otolaryngologist (ENT).
To help evaluate and diagnose voice disorders, we offer videostroboscopy. This procedure, done in collaboration with ENTs, allows our speech-language pathologists to see your child’s vocal folds, how they are functioning and any lesions that may be present.
We also collaborate with the Children’s Center for Craniofacial Disorders to provide highly advanced diagnostic resources to our patients.
Our trained and experienced team members create individualized treatment plans to address a child’s specific needs. These plans may include any of our specialized services, like:
- Auditory processing assessment and treatment for disorders affecting language development and reading/academic performance
- PROMPT technique for apraxia
- Cognitive training for school or community re-entry after a head injury or traumatic brain injury
- Evaluation and treatment for voice disorders in children, adolescents and teens
- Therapeutic feeding and swallowing treatment
- Augmentative/alternative communication assessment and training
- Treatment for autism and pervasive developmental disorders related to communication
- Auditory-Verbal Therapy for children with mild through profound hearing loss
- Evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and teens with reading difficulties
In addition to these treatments, our therapists give parents home programs designed for their child’s age and diagnosis. These home programs allow the child to continue improving between office visits.
Our speech-language pathology services are available at nine outpatient locations in metro Atlanta. Some of our speech-language pathologists are bilingual. We also offer access to interpreting services during evaluation and treatment.