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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 knowing a desired speech sound and learning to coordinate the speech muscles. These capabilities can make your child easier 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 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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Does your child say less than ten words by 16 months?

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Does your child say less than 40 words by age 2?

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Does your child use 2-word sentences by age 2?

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Does a less familiar listener understand at least 50% of your 2-year-old's speech?

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Does your child use 3-word sentences by age 3?

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Does a less familiar listener understand at least 75% of your 3-year-old's speech?

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Does a less familiar listener understand at least 50% of your 2-year-old's speech?

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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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Does a less familiar listener understand at least 90% of your 4-year-old's speech?

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Does your child stutter when speaking?

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Does your child have problems identifying common items or following simple commands?

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Does your child have fuzzy thinking?

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Does your child prefer to play alone or avoids eye contact?

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Is school difficult for your child?

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 accepting food, eating, drinking, chewing, and swallowing safer, easier, and more enjoyable.

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, a newborn may experience choking or prolonged feedings and refuse the bottle. A therapist will work closely with the newborn and 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 your baby have messy bottle feeding?

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Does your baby feed longer than 30 minutes?

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Does your child gag or visually choke during meals?

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Does your child have vomiting or arching back because of pain during meals?

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Does your child have 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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Does your child have weight gain difficulties?

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Does your child eat only baby food by 1.5 years old?

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Does your child have food stick in their cheeks 30 minutes after a meal?

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Is meal time stressful for the child or parent?

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Is your child a picky eater during meals?

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

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Does your child have history or current use of a feeding tube?

Liz Patton, MS, CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist

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