Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center Speech-Language Pathology Department

Speech-Language Pathology Department

Speech Language Pathology Department

Our certified and state licensed speech-language pathology professionals take pride in providing individualized care to meet the specific speech and language needs of all of our patients.  Each of our speech-language pathologists holds a Master’s degree, is state licensed, and participates in continuing education programs.

Teletherapy is now available for most services!

We Provide Treatment For…

Articulation/Phonological Disorders – difficulty making speech sounds correctly or producing speech that other people can understand.  We serve children who face difficulties learning to make the sounds correctly and adults who find speech difficult following a stroke or injury.

Language Disorders – difficulty using words to communicate (expressive) or understanding things heard (receptive).  Young children may not be using many words while older children may have difficulty with vocabulary, grammar, or social language skills impacting reading and writing abilities.  Adults face a variety of challenges with language following medical events such as strokes or head injury.

Fluency (Stuttering) – Fluency disorders are those where an individual has difficulty producing speech with normal flow.  These difficulties might include repeating words or parts of words, blocking on certain sounds or holding out sounds longer than normal (prolongations).

Literacy/Reading – Difficulty with literacy/reading are often closely connected with language abilities.  Our expertise in language fundamentals make us natural partners in evaluating and treating children with language-based literacy difficulties including phonological skills, comprehension difficulties, and low vocabulary knowledge.

Listening & Spoken Language – LSL is a communication option for infants, toddlers, and young children with hearing loss and their families. It is a developmental approach which follows typical child milestones by introducing skills at the early stages.

Communication Difficulties Associated with:

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) – a motor speech disorder which affects a child’s ability to plan and coordinate the fine motor movements of tongue, lips, jaw, palate and voicing mechanisms to produce speech sounds necessary for intelligible speech.  Children with apraxia have specific difficulty sequencing the sounds that make up words.

Autism – Autism Spectrum Disorders are not diagnosed by speech-language pathologists.  However, when a child comes to us with that diagnosis there are many different types of therapy we might rely on depending on the severity and personality of the child.  We progress through various stages always keeping in mind that each child is different and we strive to have parents as partners in planning our long term outcomes.

Hearing Impairment – Speech and language difficulties often go hand in hand with any level of hearing impairment.  Having an audiology department on staff makes us uniquely equipped to serve children and adults whose hearing loss makes communication a challenge.

Stroke/Head Injury – Following neurological damage, difficulties with either language (aphasia) or speech (dysarthria) or both may occur. Aphasia involves difficultly with language comprehension and use including reading, writing, and expression of wants and needs.  Dysarthria is a speech impairment usually due to muscle weakness or loss of muscle control resulting in articulation and speech difficulties.  Aphasia and dysarthria may co-occur.  We provide individualized therapy and work with both the patient and their support system to help with communication difficulties.