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.
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- photo ID
- 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
- 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.
Resources for Patients & Families
The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children provides a variety of speech and language therapy programs for children. We also offer a pediatric voice program, specifically designed for children whose voice quality is affected by medical or behavioral problems.
Our pediatric speech and language therapists hold at least a master's degree and state certification/licensure in the field, as well as a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Assessing Your Child's Speech & Language Understanding
We usually see children individually in a child-friendly setting where our pediatric speech and language therapists can conduct accurate assessments.
These assessments are often done in collaboration with specialists from various clinical areas to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s speech therapy, and are often given at-home stimulation activities to ensure continued progress and carry-over of newly learned skills.
In fact, kids whose parents are involved in their therapy are typically the ones who experience the quickest and most lasting results.
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.