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Pediatric Speech Therapy

All children master the ability to speak, think, eat, and drink at their own pace. This results in a wide age range that’s considered normal for certain speech, language, and feeding milestones.

A speech therapist has the ability to identify types of pronunciation, language, and feeding problems and find the best way to treat them.

Pediatric Pronunciation

Producing speech sounds correctly requires both the knowledge of a desired speech sound, as well as the ability to coordinate the speech muscles. This can make your child hard to understand. 

Pediatric Language

Children with a language disorder may have trouble understanding what other people are saying or expressing their own needs and feelings.

Some examples of common frustrations heard by speech therapy are:

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“My child doesn’t talk like her peers.”

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“My child doesn’t like to play with others.”

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“My child never looks at me or looks at me when I call his name.”

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“I can’t understand my child’s speech.”

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“I can understand my son but others tell me they can’t.”

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“My child has tantrums. The preschool thinks it’s because my child isn’t talking yet.”

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“Teachers say my child is falling behind in English class.”

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“My child fights going to school every day.”

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“Should my child be able to identify letters and sight words yet?”

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“My child is stubborn and will do only what he wants to do. Nothing else.”

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“Teachers say my child is falling behind in English class.”

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“My child fights going to school every day.”

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“Should my child be able to identify letters and sight words yet?”

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“My child is stubborn and will do only what he wants to do. Nothing else.”

Some speech therapy concerns to look for and discuss with your pediatrician to see if speech therapy is right for you:

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Says fewer than ten words by 16 months?

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Says fewer than 40 words by the age 2?

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Trouble saying two-word sentences by age 2?

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Trouble saying three-word sentences by age 3?

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Trouble identifying common items or following simple commands?

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Trouble pronouncing certain sounds?

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Is their speech hard to understand?

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Do they stutter when they speak?

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Do they have speech problems related to cleft lip and palate?

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Do they have fuzzy thinking?

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Do they prefer to play alone or avoids eye contact?

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Is school difficult for them?

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Is their speech hard to understand?

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Do they stutter when they speak?

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Do they have speech problems related to cleft lip and palate?

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Do they have fuzzy thinking?

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Do they prefer to play alone or avoids eye contact?

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Is school difficult for them?

Pediatric Feeding Therapy

Mealtimes are usually a bonding experience for children and parents. Unfortunately, for some families, mealtimes can be a source of stress due to latching, chewing, and swallowing problems. The child may benefit from a feeding evaluation to see if feeding therapy is recommended.

pediatric feeding therapy

Pediatric Feeding Therapy

Children can require feeding therapy to make the entire process of food acceptance, eating, drinking, chewing, and swallowing safer and easier and more enjoyable for all.

Pediatric Bottle Feeding Therapy

The ability to bottle feed safely and efficiently involves the ability to suck, swallow, and breathe appropriately. When there is a breakdown in the feeding mechanism, choking, prolonged feedings, or refusing the bottle or breast may occur. A therapist will work closely with the newborn and their families for a more positive feeding experience.

Some feeding problems to look for and discuss with your pediatrician are:

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“My child coughs during meals.”

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“My child has chronic shortness of breath during meals.”

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“The doctor can’t figure out why my child has a chronic cough.”

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“My child is a picky eater and will only eat baby food.”

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“My child will cry if food is on the plate.”

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“My baby’s bottle feeding can take up to an hour per feeding.”

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“My baby is a messy bottle feeder.”

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“Mealtimes are so stressful for everyone.”

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“My child will cry if food is on the plate.”

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“My baby’s bottle feeding can take up to an hour per feeding.”

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“My baby is a messy bottle feeder.”

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“Mealtimes are so stressful for everyone.”

Some examples of mealtime stress and instability to look for and discuss with your pediatrician to see if feeding therapy is right for you

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Does your baby have difficulty latching or sucking to bottle or breast?

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Do they have messy bottle feeding?

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Does your infant feed longer than 30 minutes?

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Is there gagging or choking during meals?

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Is there vomiting or arching back because of pain during meals?

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Is there concern for reflux or constipation?

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Do they have weight gain difficulties?

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Do they eat only baby food by 1.5 years old?

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Does food get stuck in the cheeks 30 minutes after a meal?

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Is meal time stressful for the child or parent?

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Is there picky eating during meal time?

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At 18-months-old, will your child only drink from a bottle?

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Do they have history or current use of a feeding tube?

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Do they have weight gain difficulties?

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Do they eat only baby food by 1.5 years old?

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Does food get stuck in the cheeks 30 minutes after a meal?

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Is meal time stressful for the child or parent?

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Is there picky eating during meal time?

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At 18-months-old, will your child only drink from a bottle?

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Do they have history or current use of a feeding tube?

Liz Patton, MS, CCC-SLP

Owner of Healthy Speech Solutions

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