Scheduling an Appointment for Therapy To schedule an appointment, call (608) 417-6173. Our hours of service are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited appointments are available after 4:30 p.m. for families with unique needs. If you are unable to attend please give us 24 hours notice. A physician's referral is required for most services.
Speech-language pathologists (informally known as speech therapists) evaluate and treat children who have problems with communication or swallowing.
Children should typically be seen by a speech pathologist if they have been diagnosed with a condition that may affect speech and language development, or if the parent has concerns that their child is not developing speech at a rate that is similar to his or her peers.
Speech pathologists typically use age-appropriate play activities to stimulate language development. The therapist may also model correct pronunciation and use repetition exercises to build speech and language skills.
Overcoming a speech or language delay takes time and effort, so parental involvement is crucial to a child's progress in therapy. Families are directly involved in setting goals, working with the child in therapy sessions, and continuing therapy at home.
Conditions That Can Affect Speech
Conditions that can affect speech and language development include:
Weak oral muscles
Birth defects such as cleft lip and palate
Motor planning (apraxia of speech)
Respiratory (breathing) problems
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Speech & Swallow Therapy
Speech Pathology provides diagnostic and treatment services to inpatients and outpatients with speech, language, cognitive or swallowing problems. Our experienced staff has specialized training in their areas of practice. We value patients and families as partners in the treatment process and place a strong emphasis on patient and family education.
We offer specialized services in the following areas:
Infant feeding problems
Pediatric speech and language delays and disorders
Stuttering or fluency disorders
Acquired speech/language disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia of speech
Swallowing disorders in adults and children
Memory disorders associated with a neurological event such as stroke, head injury or tumor
Post-concussive cognitive disorders
Vocal fold dysfunction
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