Speech Therapy

What is a Speech Therapist?

…a licensed professional trained in evaluation and treatment of :

  • Expressive and receptive language disorders
  • Speech Disorders such as stuttering and voice disorders
  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Cognitive skills: problem solving and reasoning
  • Pragmatic language: social communication disorders
  • Oral motor and swallowing skills

What is speech therapy?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognition, voice, swallowing and fluency. SLP’s at Aspire hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), which requires a master’s, doctoral or other recognized post baccalaureate degree. ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists complete a supervised postgraduate professional experience and pass a national examination as described in the ASHA certification standards. Demonstration of continued professional development is mandated for the maintenance of the CCC-SLP. In Texas, Speech-language pathologists hold Texas state licensure.

 How can a Speech Therapist help?

Speech Therapists at Aspire work with children who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; children with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory and problem solving disorders. They also work with children who have swallowing difficulties.

Although people often refer to speech and language as the same thing, the terms have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/she struggles with the “how-to” of talking—the coordination of muscles and movements necessary to produce speech; including articulation, stuttering, and voice. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.

Speech disorders

  • Articulation – the way we say our speech sounds
  • Phonology – the speech patterns we use
  • Apraxia – difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds
  • Fluency – stuttering
  • Voice – problems with the way that voice sounds, such as hoarseness, pitch, and/or rhythm

Language disorders

  • Receptive Language – difficulty understanding language or interpreting what is heard
  • Expressive Language – difficulty using language or verbally communicating with others
  • Pragmatic Language – difficulty with social communication or the way we speak to each other

Other disorders

  • Deafness/Hearing Loss – loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems
  • Swallowing/Feeding Disorders – difficulty sucking, biting, chewing and/or swallowing.

Our Speech Therapists not only work directly with the child, but also with the family, parents, caregivers, and teachers.  Working with the entire support group is imperative to reinforce specific skills and behaviors needed to improve the childs performance and functioning.