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"I know I have said this before, but thank you for all you have done for our daughter over the last four years. You have been with her since the beginning of this journey, and I am not sure where she (or we) would be without you.  You really do mean a lot to our family."

--K.K.

Speech-Language Therapy

GATEWAY TO LANGUAGE SCREENING PROGRAM

For children in need of intervention, The Speech-Language Department offers therapy sessions based on the latest research findings. By encouraging parent participation and offering suggestions for communication support in the home setting, the speech-language pathologists develop individualized treatment plans that provide children with success and facilitate progress. The speech-language pathologist works closely with each family to maximize their child’s communication development.

Therapists use techniques that are individualized to each child, based on his or her assessment, and address traditional speech needs such as:

•articulation and phonological processes. Also known as speech sound production disorder, a speech sound disorder occurs when a child produces sounds, syllables, or words incorrectly.  A phonological process is a strategy used by young children to simplify speech sound production due to not yet mastering the rules of sound structure;

•childhood apraxia of speech. This is a motor speech disorder. Children with apraxia of speech have problems saying speech sounds, syllables, and words because the brain has difficulty planning to move the lips, tongue, and jaw voluntarily for speech;

•stuttering. This disorder is an interruption in the flow of speech, characterized by hesitations, interjections, repetitions of words or parts of words, prolongations of speech sounds and blocking of speech;

•voice. A voice disorder refers to the quality of a child's voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, or loudness level.

Unlike some speech-language therapy providers, Laughlin Children’s Center’s clinicians go beyond these speech issues, and work with children experiencing difficulty with a wide range of communication issues as well:

•delayed receptive and expressive language. Receptive language is understanding communication that we hear; expressive language is those thoughts and ideas that we speak. Delayed language is a noticeable slowness in the development of vocabulary and grammar necessary for both speaking and understanding others;

•language-based learning disabilities. Identified when problems with age appropriate reading, spelling, and written language exist with average to above average intelligence. Treatment targets the specific aspects of reading and writing that the child is missing such as vocabulary, following directions, phonological awareness and expressing ideas clearly.  Difficulty with cognitive communication (thinking skills) would include working memory, problem solving, reasoning and judgment;

•social communication issues.  Also referred to as a pragmatic language disorder, social communication pertains to the functional use of language. This includes the understanding and application of conversational rules such as maintenance of topic, turn-taking, requesting, and commenting;

•autism. Also known as ASD, autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that causes children problems with communication, social skills, and reacting to the world around them.

CONTACT US to learn more about our screenings, evaluations, and therapy. Our clinicians are participating providers with most major insurance plans.