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Sixteen million Americans have a speech or language disorder. Ten percent of children entering first grade have a moderate to severe speech disability. In adults, a speech-language disorder can inhibit professional advancement and cause social anxiety. In children it can result in the failure to thrive academically, emotionally and socially. At any age, speech-language disorders can isolate, embarrass and prevent a person from reaching his or her potential. Treatment offers a lifetime of improved communication and a better chance at a healthier, happier and more successful life.

The Center’s Speech-Language Program includes screenings, diagnostic evaluations and therapy programs.

  • Screenings determine whether a perceived speech-language problem exists and requires further evaluation.

  • Evaluations are in-depth examinations to identify the type and severity of a child’s speech-language problem; set goals for improvement and provide information to help design an individualized program of therapy for the child. All evaluators use standardized tests to provide accurate diagnostic information. Evaluations last one to two hours. The therapist provides a written report and verbal consultations if warranted.

  • Therapy works to achieve goals set for individual improvement and age-appropriate skills. The number and frequency of therapy sessions varies greatly depending on the individual. During therapy, parents may observe their child to learn techniques to use at home or just to follow progress.

The Center’s Speech-Language Program includes services performed on-site at the clinic and off-site at several local daycare centers, schools and health centers as well as in partneship with programs that serve adults with behavioral disabilites:

Affinia Healthcare Children's Centers
Agape Academy & Child Development Center
City Academy
Early Explorers Child Development Academy
Hilltop Child Development Center
Lemay Child & Family Center
Most Holy Trinity Catholic School & Academy
St. Cecilia School and Academy
St. Louis Catholic Academy
St. Margaret of Scotland School
University City Children's Center
Word of Life Grade School - Ascension Lutheran Campus
Word of Life Preschool - St. Lucas Lutheran Campus
Word of Life Preschool - Timothy Lutheran Campus
Youth in Need Early Learning Center
Jewish Community Center
Pathways to Independence

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The Center’s Speech-Language Program is administered by speech-language pathologists who are master degreed, state licensed and nationally accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They provide compassionate and quality care for the following conditions:

Speech-Language Development
Intelligibility of Speech-Articulation
Auditory Processing Disorder
Voice Disorders
Tongue Thrust
Accent Acquisition
Language Disorders

If you think your child or someone you know has a speech-language disorder, call the Center for an evaluation.

Services are provided through insurance and Medicaid programs. Financial assistance is available based on documented need.