Understanding language is a vital piece of early childhood development. If you feel your child is behind his or her peers in this area, it is essential that your child be evaluated by a certified speech pathologist at Speech and Voice Experience as soon as possible.
If your child is not speaking or can’t be understood at all by family or caregivers, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) would recommend getting a speech and language evaluation. An evaluation at The Speech and Voice Experience is comprised of a comprehensive assessment that includes family interview and formal testing.
A speech impediment or disorder may need to be treated by one of our speech therapists, depending on your child’s age and other factors. When in doubt, contact us to schedule an appointment to see how we can help your family.
At The Speech and Voice Experience, we offer therapy in one of our two conveniently located clinics, or offsite at various schools, preschools, and daycare centers, and skilled nursing facilities. Contact us for more information about where your child or family member may be seen for therapy.
After you or your child has been seen for an evaluation, your evaluating therapist will explain his or her findings. Generally speaking, speech therapy sessions can run from 30-60 minutes one to five times per week. The length of time in therapy depends on a host of factors and will follow from a detailed, individually tailored treatment plan.
We do accept most forms of insurance, including Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (CareFirst and other plans), Cigna, United Health Care, as well as Maryland Medicaid and Medicare. Please contact us to learn how we can help you understand the coverage you may be eligible for.
Feeding and swallowing issues can be serious and it is important to determine as soon as possible if there is something that must be addressed. At both practice locations, we have both pediatric and adult feeding and swallowing specialists.
Frequent or chronic ear infections can have a significant impact on speech and language development. We routinely screen for the presence of a “silent” ear infection and for fluid in the middle ear space. However, once treated, children with a history of chronic ear infections or fluid in the middle ear space often make rapid progress in therapy.
Yes, overuse of pacifiers (i.e. beyond age 3-4) and thumb-sucking can affect both speech and dental development. Interestingly, American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends thumb-sucking in the first six months of life. And often, children will naturally reduce and then eliminate their own use of a pacifier or thumb. But should this persist beyond age 4, an evaluation with a speech pathologist may be a good idea.
Stuttering (also called a fluency disorder) can manifest in various ways. Depending on your child’s age and the nature of this disfluency, therapy may be recommended. Since 5% of children experience a period of stuttering, the first step would be to get an evaluation if you feel your child’s stuttering has not resolved itself.
We have bilingual speech therapists in each practice location who can provide comprehensive services in Spanish. Please contact our offices to schedule an appointment as space may be limited.
At The Speech and Voice Experience, parent and caregiver involvement in therapy is our highest priority. Our plan of care and therapy sessions provide clear ways that you can become a direct partner in the therapy process for your loved one, both during sessions and in the home environment.
We’re happy to help! Our speech therapists may be able to come into your child’s school/daycare and give a presentation on a variety of speech and language related topics. Your teachers are definitely an important part of the treatment team and we want to make sure your child’s environment is as supportive as possible! We can also consult with school staff to make recommendations on ensuring success in your child’s classroom.
Your therapist should be friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to collaborate with you on a treatment plan for your child or family member. Ideally, your therapist should be experienced in treating the challenge or disorder that your child or family member has been diagnosed with.
As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, it can affect the volume and pitch of a patient’s voice. It can also lead to a condition known as dysarthria, which can affect speech clarity. Parkinson’s Disease can also gradually affect the ability to swallow. Therapy can help with all of these. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, contact our offices for an evaluation. Our therapy can greatly improve your quality of life.
Any neurological injury, such as a stroke, can affect speech and language. Therapy can be enormously helpful in restoring function. Please contact us to schedule an evaluation.