Speech-Language Pathology

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Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), commonly referred to as Speech Therapists, focus on helping people with:

  • Articulation (pronunciation of words)
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice
  • Receptive language (comprehension)
  • Expressive language
  • Pragmatic language (social skills)
  • Oral motor skills
  • Swallowing

Since developmental delays often affect speech and communication, you may need Speech Therapy to help facilitate language. Some individuals may do well with a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and others may do well with augmentative communication devices. 

Our Speech Therapists will perform a thorough evaluation in order to develop an individualized treatment program targeting your specific needs.

Verbal Behavior Therapy 

Verbal Behavior, also known as VB, is a method of teaching language that focuses on the idea that To teach a child with language delays a meaning of a word, one must first teach its function. So, for example, instead of just teaching a word, we must teach them how to apply those words functionally. 

Verbal behavior capitalizes on a child’s motivation, teaching them to communicate what they desire. This ability may reduce problematic behavior that functioned as a means for obtaining the desired item.

Oral Motor and Feeding / Swallowing Disorders

Oral motor and feeding issues can stem from a wide range of developmental or neurological disturbances. Oral motor weaknesses are related to the muscle movements of the jaw, lips, and tongue and can impact the articulation of sounds or words along with functional eating.   

Feeding disorders include problems with sucking, eating from a spoon, chewing, and drinking from a cup.  Feeding disorders can be related to sensory input, motor coordination, or behavior. Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) include the process of moving food from your mouth through your throat to your stomach via the esophagus. Feeding difficulties can stem from medical, sensory, or poor coordination.

Why The Mayer Center?

Our clinic offers a sensory-rich, kid-friendly environment that includes a gym, a sensory room, individual treatment rooms, as well as specialized equipment from swings and tunnels to climbing walls. We also have quiet spaces to provide services when a child or infant needs a less stimulating environment.

Our clinicians provide comprehensive assessments, create personalized treatment plans, and provide strategies for home intervention focused on building your child’s independence. Our intervention sessions focus on building a connection with the child and providing individualized activities to facilitate active participation and success. Our therapists will be able to work collaboratively with other professionals in your child’s care team, as well as provide family support.

We look forward to planning fun and engaging sessions for you and your child to grow and learn.