Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists diagnose and treat children with communication, oral-motor, and feeding disorders. They provide support for children and their families as well as provide information for the general public.
Communication disorders are characterized primarily into receptive/expressive language disorders and articulation disorders. Receptive language disorders impact a child’s ability to understand and process what is being said to him/her. Expressive language disorders impact a child’s ability to formulate thoughts into words, phrases and sentences. Articulation disorders impact a child’s ability to produce sounds correctly for fluent and intelligible speech.
Oral-motor deficits impede a child’s ability to coordinate lips, teeth, tongue, and jaw movements for both feeding and speech production.
Feeding disorders impact a child’s ability to chew and swallow food and liquid safely and effectively and may limit their variety of textures.