What is a speech-language pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist is a highly qualified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of any issues related to talking, understanding language, participating in conversation, eating, drinking, and safe swallowing.
What type of training does a speech-language pathologist have?
A bachelor's degree, which may or may not be in communication disorders, and a master's degree specifically in speech-language pathology. Degree requirements include hundreds of hours of experience with patients of all ages and types of disorders.
What is the difference between a speech therapist and a speech-language pathologist?
The names are essentially equivalent. However, it is important to determine that your specialist is licensed, certified, and a graduate of an accredited university.
A lot of children talk late. How do I know if my child is really behind?
There are many reasons some children talk later than others. Sometimes, it is due to position in the family, chronic ear infections, or difficulty sequencing speech sounds. In other instances, the reason is more significant. Therefore, getting an evaluation by a certified speech-language pathologist can rule out or identify true problems.
What do the letters "CCC-SLP" mean after a professional's name?
They stand for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. This certificate is awarded by the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association upon completion of a 9-month fellowship after graduate school, and having passed the national examination in speech-language pathology.
What age does a client have to be?
We treat infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults.
What if I think my child does not hear well?
Contact a certified, licensed audiologist to schedule a screening or evaluation.
Do I need a doctor's prescription?
In most cases, yes. If, however, you desire to self-pay for the therapy, we do not require a prescription. If you self-pay, and then intend to submit the paperwork to your health insurance company for reimbursement, you will need a prescription if your provider requires one.