Effective, Integrated Speech Therapy
Decrease Conflict With Better Communication.
Speech therapy improves the communication skills of children with a wide range of disorders, including autism, hearing loss, and developmental impairments. The team at Scottsdale Children’s Institute, led by Jacob Boney, PsyD, BCBA-D, provides speech therapy services to all children ages 0-11 at our school in Scottsdale, Arizona.
What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy at Scottsdale Children’s Institute involves the evaluation and treatment of speech disorders and communication problems. Our highly trained speech therapists use a variety of techniques, including:
- Articulation therapy
Articulation is how clearly and distinctly you produce sounds. Your speech therapist models the correct formation of sounds and syllables in words and sentences, often during age-appropriate play activities.
- Language intervention activities
The therapist interacts with your child by talking and playing. They use a variety of props and methods to stimulate language development, including pictures, books, objects, or repetition exercises.
- Feeding and swallowing therapy
For children with poor oral motor skills (dysphagia), the therapist may use exercises that strengthen their mouth muscles, which improves eating, drinking, and swallowing.
- Articulation therapy
Why would my child need speech therapy?
The team at Scottsdale Children’s Institute uses speech therapy to help kids improve their communication skills. There are many reasons your child may have trouble communicating, such as:
- Cleft lip or cleft palate
- Hearing impairments
- Weak oral muscles
- Respiratory problems
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Feeding and swallowing disorders
- Fluency disorders, such as stuttering
- Developmental impairments, such as Down syndrome
- Articulation disorders, or the inability to form certain words and sounds
Speech therapy is most effective when you start early. Children who begin speech therapy before they’re 5 years old tend to have the best results, but many older children also achieve success.
Who provides speech therapy?
The certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs), or speech therapists, at Scottsdale Children’s Institute hold a minimum of a master’s degree in their field. Their extensive training includes education in communication, language development, and common disorders that hinder both processes.
How long will my child need speech therapy?
The team at Scottsdale Children’s Institute develops an individualized speech therapy plan for each student. The duration and extent of your child’s speech therapy depends on unique factors, such as:
- Their age
- Frequency of speech therapy
- The type and severity of their speech disorder
- The underlying medical condition (if any) and how well they respond to treatment
Some childhood speech disorders improve with age, while others persist into adulthood. Call Scottsdale Children’s Institute, or book an appointment online to learn more about speech therapy today.