Speech-Language Pathologists at Valley Children's provide expert diagnosis and treatment of pediatric speech, language, feeding 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, respiratory therapy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The speech-language pathologists are active on several hospital-based clinics, including our Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic and High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic. Specialized feeding, swallowing and early communication services are also offered for babies delivered prematurely, from NICU through outpatient.
Our speech-language pathologists hold master’s degrees from accredited universities and are licensed by the State of California. The Speech-Language Pathology Practice is a Type C Communication Disorder Center designated by California Children’s Services.
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.
Potential Causes of Speech, Language, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
- Congenital disorders
- Neurologic disorders
- Hearing Loss
Behaviors Associated with Speech, Language, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
- Delayed onset of speaking or slow progression of speech/language
- Poor fluency of speech
- Speech is difficult to understand
- Choking and gagging during feeding
- Speech-language/communication evaluation and therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Teaching Articulation and Language to Kids (TALK) group
- Feeding/swallowing evaluation and therapy
- Evaluation and management of resonance disorders
- Instrumental assessment via Nasometry and Nasoendoscopy