What is Pediatric Therapy?
Life Skills Village’s Speech-Language Pathologists, also known as Speech Therapists, evaluate and treat speech, language, and cognitive-communication disorders in children from 2-17 years old. Most children develop speech and language skills within a specific age range. A child who does not develop these skills within these age ranges may have a speech and/or language delay/disorder. For help understanding where your child is developmentally, please reference our Pediatric Developmental Milestones chart.
Speech delays/disorders are when a child has difficulty producing speech sounds clearly, intelligibly, or fluently (e.g. stuttering is a form of disfluency). This likely impacts the child’s ability to be understood by others.
Language delays/disorders are when a child has difficulty verbalizing himself/herself and/or understanding language (i.e. difficulty following directions). The language disorder may occur with the form, content, and/or function of language.
Cognitive-communication disorders include deficits with organizing thoughts, attention, memory, planning, reasoning, and/or problem-solving. These deficits likely impact academic performance and social communication skills. These disorders may occur following a traumatic brain injury, developmental disability, or intellectual disability.