Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are licensed to serve a variety of ages and disorders. Pediatric SLPs serve children aged birth to 18 and are integral in the evaluation and treatment of communication deficits as they provide individuals a meaningful way to express their wants, needs, and ideas.
When your child is referred for speech-language therapy, a comprehensive assessment is completed in one or more of the following areas based on caregiver(s) concern:
- Receptive language
- Expressive language
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- Social skills
Once an evaluation is completed, a thorough treatment plan is developed alongside caregiver(s) to ensure therapeutic goals are closely aligned with the priorities of the family.
Specific to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, speech-language therapy primarily focuses on language, social skills, and augmentative and alternative communication. Therapy sessions occur on a weekly basis in 30 to 60 minute intervals based on the needs of the individual served. SLPs provide evidence based therapeutic intervention and strive to educate family/caregiver(s) so that communication skills are targeted in the child’s natural environment throughout the week.
Q: Who is speech-language therapy for at Glenwood?
A: Children aged 2 to 18 years old.
Q: Is a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder needed?
A: No diagnosis is needed to receive speech-language therapy.
Q: What do I need to get my loved one speech-language therapy?
A: A referral from a physician.
Q: When is the Speech-Language Therapy Clinic open?
A: The clinic is open from 8am – 4pm, with the possibility of staying open until 5:00pm.
Frequency and duration of therapy sessions will be scheduled based on the child’s individual need. All therapy sessions offered are one-on-one sessions. Caregivers are encouraged to observe sessions as well as provide feedback to the therapist. They are also encouraged to carry out any home programs sent home between sessions as this will help greatly with carryover from the clinic to the home setting.
If you are interested in speech-language therapy, please contact Glenwood Children’s Center.