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.
Hours: Hours vary; call to schedule an appointment.
For Appointments: (800) 416-4441
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- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- 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
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- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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With all-new facilities and an expanded team of skilled, certified specialists and licensed therapists, Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Deptford brings a new level of care to children throughout South Jersey.
Our speech and language specialists (also called speech and language therapists or speech/language therapists) evaluate, treat and provide consultation for children with a variety of disorders that affect communication, feeding and swallowing.
We can help your child:
- improve understanding and expression skills
- overcome language-related learning disabilities
- develop better voice control, articulation, and motor speech skills
If your child has difficulty related to feeding and swallowing, we’ll assess his or her oral feeding skills, provide family education and help your child learn to eat and drink more safely. We’ll help make mealtimes more enjoyable and less stressful for your child and the whole family.
Additional services, including specialized types of diagnostic testing and treatment, are available at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
Therapy Services Recognized for Commitment to Care
Nemours has the only pediatric outpatient therapy services program in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), demonstrating our commitment to provide the highest quality patient care.