At Nemours, our pediatric speech and language therapy programs treat children with hearing impairment, cochlear implants and birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. Our specialists also work with children who have other general speech and language disorders or delays. We also work directly with you, the parents, to help transition your child's newly learned skills into your family’s home for quicker, longer-lasting results.
A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
Speech therapy programs also work with children who have other general speech and language disorders or delays, including:
- articulation disorders, which are difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can't understand what's being said
- fluency disorders, which include problems such as stuttering
- resonance or voice disorders, which include problems with the pitch, volume or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said
- dysphagia (swallowing disorders) or other oral feeding difficulties relating to weak oral muscles
- receptive language disorders, which refer to difficulties understanding or processing language
- expressive language disorders, which include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way (pragmatic language skills)
- auditory neuropathy
Speech therapists can facilitate sign language development as a means of communication in children who are not verbal due to developmental delay or hearing loss. They also offer coping and compensatory strategies for children with auditory processing disorders.
Clinic Location: Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Services: 5th Floor
General Information: (407) 650-7833
For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
- photo ID
- medical insurance cards
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
At Nemours Children’s Hospital our speech and language therapists provide evaluation and treatment for children with hearing loss, communication, or feeding disorders in a family-centered, child-friendly environment.
We believe that early intervention can help us better determine your child’s needs. Children younger than three years old who are enrolled in therapy early in their development often have improved outcomes.
Using a collaborative approach, our team includes experts from several fields related to speech and language therapy, including:
Through this multidisciplinary approach, our speech language pathologists have
the resources to address the communication needs of newborns to high school-aged children.
Teamwork is essential in this process as we actively seek to build a strong collaboration among children, parents and family members, community-based therapists and teachers, and our clinic staff. And with all our experts under one roof, your child can often see multiple specialists in one visit.
Expert Speech and Language Care For Your Child
Each of our pediatric speech and language therapists holds a Master's degree and state certification/licensure in the field, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Just as importantly, we also know kids: how to work with them, encourage their cooperation, and make learning new skills fun.
Types of Speech and Language Disorders We Treat
Our pediatric therapy experts create personalized treatment plans for children with a wide range of speech and language disorders and issues, including:
- apraxia (a speech problem where a child has difficulty moving the muscles and structures necessary to form speech sounds into words)
- feeding disorders/oral motor
- difficulty making certain sounds
- difficulty following directions
- using incorrect grammar
- trouble distinguishing sounds
- inability to answer questions about stories
- nasally speech
- difficulty brushing teeth
- difficulty referring to objects by name
- excessive drooling
- trouble feeding and/or swallowing
- inability to answer (who, what, etc.) questions
- inability to sound out words
Working together, we can help your child achieve significant improvements in many areas, such as:
- auditory processing
- expressive language development/receptive language development
- phonemic awareness
- reading comprehension
- optimizing the use of existing assistive devices
Family Members Play an Important Role in Therapy
As a family member, you’re encouraged to participate in your child’s therapy, and will often be given at-home stimulation activities to ensure continued progress and carry-over of newly learned skills. In fact, kids whose family members are involved in their therapy are typically the ones who experience the quickest and most lasting results.