BCOTB Speech Language (SLP) Therapy is designed to improve communication by assessing and treating speech and language disorders to best meet each child’s individual needs. Each child receives an initial assessment with a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who creates an individualized plan to treat a variety of needs: expressive/receptive language deficits, articulation, apraxia, auditory processing, stuttering, and social communication skills.
Speech Therapy services are currently only available at the Brandon BCOTB location.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Pragmatics (Social Communication Skills)
Understanding The Signs
How do I know if my child needs Speech Language Therapy? (ASHA)
Language is made up of the words we use to share ideas and get what we want. Language includes speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. A child with a language disorder may have trouble with one or more of these skills.
Signs of language problems include:
Birth–3 months Not smiling or playing with others
4–7 months Not babbling
7–12 months Making only a few sounds. Not using gestures, like waving or pointing.
7 months–2 years Not understanding what others say
12–18 months Saying only a few words
1½–2 years Not putting two words together
2 years Saying fewer than 50 words
2–3 years Having trouble playing and talking with other children
2½–3 years Having problems with early reading and writing. For example, your child may not like to draw or look at books.
How BCOTB Can Help
Nearly 10% of children struggle with a communication disorder. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are experts in communication. Speech therapy improves communication by identifying the type of communication disorder as well as the best way to treat it. Licensed Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) work closely with families, therapy teams, and providers outside of BCOTB to ensure that each child’s communication plan and treatment goals are measurable, appropriate, and attainable for each child.
Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Therapy Programs at BCOTB
Our programs help to improve the following:
Functional communication: requesting, protesting, labeling, and answering and asking questions
Expanding verbal communication
Caregiver support through in-clinic training
School support and collaboration, including IEP help
Consultation with other providers
Meet BCOTB’s Speech-Language Pathologist
Stephanie Arnold, M.S., CCC-SLP
Stephanie completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). Following graduation, she spent 7 years in the hospital setting treating complex speech, language, and swallowing impairments resulting from stroke and other neurological injuries. Here, Stephanie found that her true passion was working with pediatric patients. Having worked with school-aged children for the past eight years, Stephanie has extensive knowledge about the impact of speech and language disorders on academic performance. She has worked closely with classroom teachers and parents to develop and implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to meet the needs of her students. Stephanie is excited to join BCOTB and launch the speech program! She brings expertise in pediatric speech and language development as well as language-based learning disorders. She is eager to grow and expand the speech program, serve as a clinical supervisor to graduate students, and continue to make a difference in the lives of the children she serves. While not in clinic or in session, Stephanie is a born and raised Floridian who has an active family of 5 (with 3 children ages 10, 8, and 3). In her spare time, Stephanie is an avid reader, enjoys boating with her family, and can always be found working on a home improvement project. Stephanie is a board member and active volunteer with the LampLighters, whose mission is to serve the children and families of Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House.