Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy

Your child can learn how to efficiently and effectively communicate their ideas to others. With pediatric speech and language therapy done the More to Say way, your child will learn how to overcome their communication difficulties. Our pediatric therapists in Oxford, CT, and Branford, CT, have helped the children in our community overcome many speech and language troubles, including:

With our play-based and holistic therapy techniques, your child can learn how to successfully communicate and understand others in their daily life. Click the button below to schedule a free phone consultation today.

What Areas of Communication Are Addressed with Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy?

Communication is an essential part of daily life; but unless you stop to think about it, you may not realize just how much communication you give and receive each day. A child struggling with speech and language can have trouble making friends, understanding instructions, or communicating their ideas clearly.
Your child’s evaluation will tell us exactly which areas of communication they need help with so we can create a program tailored to their specific needs. We address the following areas at both our Oxford, CT, and Branford, CT, pediatric therapy clinics:

Pediatric Therapy for Speech

Speech therapy will help your child learn how to correctly use their tongue, lips, and breath to form words that others can understand. Your child may need a pediatric speech therapy evaluation if they struggle with:

Pediatric Therapy for Language

Language therapy will help your child better understand what others are saying to him or her. It’s also a fantastic tool for children who struggle to clearly communicate their feelings and ideas to others. Your child may need a pediatric language therapy evaluation if they have:

Pediatric Therapy for Fluency

Speech therapy can specifically address your child’s stuttering or cluttering to improve their language fluency. This will enable them to confidently communicate their ideas in a way that others can understand, which will ultimately help your child make friends, participate in school activities, and enjoy social events. Your child may need speech therapy for fluency if they experience:

Pediatric Therapy for Literacy

Language therapy is a fantastic tool to improve your child’s literacy and reading comprehension. This is because we work on your child’s vocabulary, critical thinking skills, writing, and other important aspects of written communication. Your child may need pediatric therapy to improve their literacy if they struggle with:

Pediatric Speech Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Your child might need speech therapy for various reasons. Speech therapy can help kids overcome specific communication challenges related to:

Language Development: Speech therapy can assist if your child struggles with forming sentences, using words correctly, or understanding others.

Articulation: If your child has difficulty pronouncing sounds or words, speech therapy can teach them how to say them correctly.

Stuttering: Some children might face challenges with smooth and fluent speech. Speech therapy can provide techniques to improve fluency.

Voice Quality: If your child’s voice sounds hoarse, raspy, or too high-pitched, speech therapy can help them learn to use their voice effectively.

Oral Motor Skills: For kids who have trouble with chewing, swallowing, or moving their tongue and lips, speech therapy can offer exercises to coordinate these movements.

Social Communication: Some children find it hard to interact with others, make friends, or engage in conversations. Speech therapy can help them develop these skills.

Reading and Writing: If your child struggles with sounding out words or comprehending what they read, speech therapy can enhance their literacy skills.

Early Intervention: Starting speech therapy early can prevent potential communication difficulties from becoming more pronounced later on.

Remember, every child is unique. Speech therapy is tailored to each person’s individual needs. Consult with a speech therapist or a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development.

“Why” questions in pediatric speech therapy are crucial for several reasons. First, they encourage critical thinking and language development in children. By asking why, therapists prompt kids to explain their thoughts and feelings, enhancing their communication skills.

“Why” questions also help therapists understand the underlying issues affecting a child’s speech or language difficulties. It allows them to pinpoint specific challenges and tailor therapy accordingly.

Finally, “why” questions promote engagement and motivation during therapy sessions. They make learning fun and interactive, encouraging children to actively participate in their speech therapy journey. Overall, “why” questions are a valuable tool in pediatric speech therapy, fostering communication, growth, and connection between therapists and kids.

Children can start speech therapy at various ages, depending on their individual needs.

By 18 months old, a child should generally have a vocabulary of around 50 words and they should be starting to combine those words into phrases. By age 2, they should be using short sentences. If you notice your child struggling with any aspect of speech or language development, it might be a good time to consider speech therapy.

If your child is older and facing speech challenges, remember it’s never too late to seek help. Speech therapy can benefit kids of all ages. Skilled therapists understand how to adapt techniques to suit your child’s age and developmental stage.

The right time to start speech therapy depends on each child’s unique situation. If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development, consult a speech therapist or a healthcare professional. They can provide expert advice and help you determine if and when speech therapy could help your child.

Speech therapy is often covered by insurance, but it depends on your plan. While insurance coverage can vary depending on your specific plan, many policies cover speech therapy as a necessary medical service for young children. Whether you have a commercial plan or Medicaid, there’s a good chance that speech therapy is covered. 

If you’ve been hesitant to seek out help for your child’s speech challenges, you have options that can ease the financial burden. Insurance can potentially help with the cost. When insurance doesn’t cover all necessary sessions, there may be other solutions available. Some schools and community organizations offer supplemental speech therapy services. It’s worth looking into and asking your insurance provider for more information.

You typically don’t need a referral for your child to start speech therapy, but it depends on your individual situation. The area where you live and your specific healthcare provider dictate whether your child needs a referral. Luckily, in most places, you have the freedom to directly access a speech therapist without a referral. Here’s how the typical process works:

Direct Access: Most speech therapists are happy to accept direct appointments. You can simply contact them directly to book an evaluation or therapy sessions for your child.

School-Based Services: If your child is enrolled in school and you suspect challenges with speech or language development, don’t hesitate to contact their school directly. Many schools have in-house speech therapy services. They can conduct an evaluation and provide therapy services when necessary.

Pediatrician Recommendation: It doesn’t hurt to book a visit with your child’s pediatrician before reaching out to a speech therapist. They can assess your child’s development and provide recommendations or refer you to a specialist if needed.

If you’re unsure about the process, contact a speech therapist or your child’s pediatrician for guidance.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment Today

Are you worried about your child’s speech or language skills? Fill out the form below or call us at (203) 828-6790 to schedule a pediatric speech and language therapy evaluation at our Branford, CT, or Oxford, CT, clinic today!