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Questions for the Speech Therapist

Frequently Asked Questions for the Speech Therapist. 

The following are a list of frequently asked questions by parents and caregivers. We have answered them to help provide guidance during these new, exciting, and complex times. 

We invite you to review the following questions to provide answers to some of the concerns you may have had currently, presently, and maybe in the future. If you have any questions and will like to learn more, please contact our office. 

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Parents and Caregivers ask questions to learn about their children. 

Frequently asked questions for the pediatric speech therapist. 

What is a Pediatric Speech Therapist? 

A pediatric speech therapist is also known as a pediatric speech-language pathologist (SLP). An SLP assesses and provides skilled intervention for a variety of speech, language, voice, cognitive, feeding and swallowing disorders. A pediatric SLP works with children with a variety of developmental, genetic, and neurological disorders with varying severities.

Is it common for a child to need a Speech Therapist? 

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 1 in 12 children between the ages of 3 and 17 has had a speech, language, voice, feeding or swallowing disorder in the past 12 months.


Does my child have autism?

Autism is a growing and evolving neuro-developmental disorder. There are many symptoms of autism and it is indeed scattered around a spectrum. The following list is common amongst those children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A speech therapist can help treat, and manage children with autism. Oftentimes a psychologist or medical doctor can help diagnose autism spectrum disorder when a formal diagnosis may be necessary. 


  The following are "red flags" that your child may have autism.


  • Poor or fleeting eye contact

  • Self-stimulatory  behaviors

  • Hand flapping

  • Rocking

  • Oral seeking

  • Perseveration on activities of choice

  • Lack of joint attention

  • Not responding to their name

  • Poor imitation skills

  • Difficulty with imaginative play

  • Display less emotions

  • Poor emotional regulation skills

  • Difficulty with social interactions

  • Poor understanding of body language, vocal tone, and other non-verbal social cues

  • Egocentric 

  • Difficulty with changes in routines

  • Prefers solitude and to play alone

  • Sensitivity to noises, smells and tastes 

  • Repetition of words (echolalia)

  • Difficulty transitioning

  • Need for routine and “sameness”


Does my child have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? 

Your child may have OCD if they have  excessive worrying or thinking about something, and has rituals they must do as they believe this will prevent bad things from happening. A speech therapist can help manage, treat, and improve on the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. 

Does my child have ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder is at often times difficult to notice in a developing child. Whether your child has difficulty completing tasks like homework or chores, or frequently moving from one uncompleted activity to another. These common attributes can be signs of a developing disorder relating to your child's attention and focus. The earlier this is addressed by a speech therapist the better the outcome.

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