Our pediatric speech language pathology (SLP) program at BCOTB will help your child develop the skills needed for successful communication, interaction, and feeding. These skills can affect all aspects of daily life, from communicating basic needs to developing social skills and friendships to progress in school. Our American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologists have master’s degrees and extensive training in childhood speech, language, and oral motor (feeding) problems.
Who is a Candidate for SLP Services?
Identifying your child’s difficulties and strengths through a speech and language evaluation at BCOTB is the first step to assisting a child with communication problems. Our therapists are skilled in administering formal tests as well as providing clinical observation of play, interaction and conversational skills. Additionally, the speech therapist can assess and help improve oral motor function related to both speech production and feeding. Some signs of possible difficulties include:
Lack of language production – typically children begin to babble by 9 months of age and have a vocabulary of approximately 50 words by 18 months of age
Lack of imitation and/or imitative play by 12 months
Difficulty transitioning from breast/bottle to cups
Unresponsiveness or limited interaction, eye contact, play with others and/or toys
Speech is difficult to understand – typically a child’s speech should be at least 75% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener by 3 years of age
Does not say some sounds correctly– typically a child should be able to produce all speech sounds in most contexts by 6 years of age
Challenges in social environments including carrying on a conversation with peers, attending to and responding appropriately to several conversational exchanges, understanding sarcasm, etc
Has difficulty organizing thoughts to re-tell stories or events
Difficulties with vocabulary use and/or grammar use
After discussing your child’s developmental level with your pediatrician, a referral to SLP services may be recommended. BCOTB can offer individualized evaluations and treatment sessions tailored to each client’s specific needs. Collaboration and coordination of care with BCTOB’s behavioral therapists and occupational therapists will be conducted.
BCOTB’s speech-language therapy services include:
Articulation (pronunciation of speech sounds)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Picture Exchange Communication System-PECS)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Expressive Language (using words and sentences to express thoughts)
Feeding (oral motor skills)
Language Comprehension (understanding concepts, following directions)
Reading and Phonics
Child Advancement Track
Address the individual needs of your child throughout their development.