Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants (SLPAs) work to remediate communication disorders that interfere with or impede effective communication. Speech therapy is recommended if a child’s form of communication draws attention to itself, adversely affects the child, creates avoidance behaviors, or limits interaction and participation with family and caregivers. A speech therapist’s goal is to increase a child’s communication skills to an age-appropriate or functional ability level.
SLPs and SLPAs provide remediation for a variety of childhood conditions:
Articulation Delays (speech sound substitution, omission, or distortion errors following a delayed developmental sequence)
Articulation and Phonology Disorders (speech production is limited by abnormal acquisition of sound patterns or by motor issues)
Language Delays (language acquisition follows a developmental sequence, but is delayed when compared to age group peers)
Language Disorders (abnormal acquisition of comprehension, expressive and/or pragmatic language skills)
Cognitive-Communication Disorders (communication deficits associated with acquired or congenital cognitive impairment)
Stuttering (abnormal rate of speaking, repetitions, prolongations or blocks)
Voice Disorders (abnormal vocal pitch, loudness, quality or nasality)
Communication Deficits associated with conditions such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Hearing Impairment.
SLPs also treat Swallowing or Feeding Problems in infants and children.
The COFK Speech Therapy Team provides assessment and treatment of communication and feeding/swallowing issues for children ages birth to 21 years, in home care settings. Our therapists believe in looking at the whole child and working collaboratively to maximize treatment outcomes. Our staff of Bilingual Speech Therapists and trained Interpreters ensures that we provide culturally and linguistically competent intervention to our Spanish speaking population.
Most importantly, COFK Speech Therapists share a bond of compassion for our patients and a common goal to empower children through improved communication.