Pediatric Speech Therapy Services
We treat a variety of pediatric speech disorders and conditions, including:
- Articulation Disorders
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders
- Language Difficulties Associated with Auditory Processing Disorder
- Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
- Social Communication/Language Problems Due to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pediatric Speech Therapy Treatments
Pediatric Language Therapy
Language therapy helps improve the understanding and use of age-appropriate vocabulary, concepts and syntax, from the grammar of a child just learning to speak to the written composition skills of a high school student. Many of our patients are seen from an early age and require some help getting their communication skills started.
Pediatric Articulation Therapy
Some children have difficulty with the physical production of individual speech sounds, making their speech difficult to understand. This may be a result of incorrect placement of the lips, teeth, tongue or even the soft palate during speech, resulting in inaccurate production of certain sounds.
In articulation therapy, activities and exercises are used to help a child produce age-age appropriate sounds.
Language Therapy for Auditory Processing Disorder
Children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) have difficulty processing discrete sounds or whole words or phrases. They often miss parts of messages or misunderstand information. APD is often identified in first or second grade.
By improving phonemic awareness and understanding of directions, language therapy helps children better comprehend the spoken word so they can succeed in school.
Children who experience symptoms such as hoarseness, breathy or nasal voice quality, or voice loss often have a voice disorder. Working with your child's ENT, the speech therapist develops a treatment program to improve vocal quality.
Children who stutter have difficulty speaking smoothly and easily. Stuttering includes getting stuck on, repeating and prolonging sounds, syllables and words. Treatment includes stuttering education and instruction for both the parents and child and active management of the stuttering.
For more information about our pediatric speech therapy programs, call (813) 707-9362 option 2.
South Florida Baptist Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
1601 W. Timberlane Drive Suite 800
Plant City, FL 33566