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Speech Services

The Speech-Language Pathology Practice at Children’s Hospital Central California provides expert diagnosis and treatment of pediatric speech, language and swallowing disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We bring a team approach to patient care and often collaborate with audiology, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, radiology, and respiratory therapy. The speech-language pathologists are active on several hospital-based clinics, including Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic and Feeding Team, and receive referrals for consultation from the High Risk Infant Follow Up Clinic.

Our speech-language pathologists hold master’s degrees from accredited universities, are licensed by the State of California, and have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Speech-Language Pathology Practice is a Type C Communication Disorder Center designated by California Children’s Services.

Services Offered and Conditions Treated

Children who have speech, language or swallowing disorders can be referred to Speech-Language Pathology for an evaluation to establish the presence, type, and severity of disorder, and to determine appropriate course of care. Specific referral criteria include:

  • Failed speech, language or feeding screening
  • Delayed onset of speaking or slow progression of speech/language
  • Stuttering/Fluency disorder
  • Craniofacial anomaly or syndrome
  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Resonance disorder
  • Vocal fold nodules
  • Diagnosed hearing loss
  • History of aspiration or suspected aspiration
  • Feeding/Swallowing problems
  • Tracheostomy patients (candidacy for Passey-Muir Valve)
  • Prematurity
  • Speech-Language Therapy (Individual & Group)
  • Feeding/Swallowing Therapy

Diagnostic Services

  • Speech-Language Evaluation
  • Swallowing Evaluation (Videofluoroscopic & Bedside)
  • Feeding Evaluation
  • Nasometry

Multidisciplinary Services