Pediatric Speech Therapy

Circle of Care offers in-home pediatric speech therapy services to help your child reach their full potential. Our licensed and experienced speech-language pathologists work with children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence. We provide comprehensive evaluations and individualized treatment plans to meet your child's unique needs.

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What is Pediatric Speech Therapy?

Pediatric speech therapy is a type of therapy designed to help children with communication, speech, and feeding-related disorders. These disorders can include difficulties with speaking, understanding language, using words correctly, and difficulty swallowing.

What Does a Pediatric Speech Therapist Do?

Pediatric speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists (SLPs), work with children of all ages, from infants to adults. Pediatric SLPs are certified in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication and speech disorders. They use a variety of techniques to help children improve their skills. Some speech therapists are also trained to help with feeding issues such as swallowing (Dysphagia).

What Happens During a Pediatric Speech Therapy Session?

Speech therapy sessions vary depending on the child’s individual needs. Depending on the results of your child’s evaluation, the therapist will recommend the duration and frequency of services. During the session, the therapist will be impelemnting a skilled intervention to achieve your child’s specific goals. The therapist will also provide feedback to the parents that should be incorporated in-between sessions to help their child progress more efficiently and effectively.

Speech therapy sessions typically involve a mix of engaging activities, exercises, and games that are designed to help the child improve his or her communication skills. Some of these activities may include I Spy, Word Searches, and the Alphabet Game. Pediatric speech therapists also work on articulation through sound modeling and PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets) which works on speech production that can’t be learned through imitation. For example, if a patient is working on pronouncing the bilabial sound “b”, the SLP might gesture or point toward the motion of their lips coming together to produce the sound.

Speech therapy may look different for children experiencing feeding and swallowing difficulties, but our experienced speech pathologists will develop a treatment plan best fits those specific needs.

Speech therapist sitting on the floor with young child during an in-home speech therapy session
Female speech therapist sitting at a table with a young child while practicing goals of pediatric speech therapy

Goals of Pediatric Speech Therapy

The goals of pediatric speech therapy target a variety of different areas including communication fluency, speech production, spoken and written language, cognition, voice, resonance, and auditory processing. 

While these are common areas, the focus of speech therapy is dependent on your child’s needs. Some of the common goals for your child may include:

  • Improved ability to communicate effectively
  • Improved understanding and use of correct language
  • Improved ability to express himself or herself clearly
  • Improved social skills
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved feeding and swallowing in different developmental phases
  • Increased auditory processing
  • Improved skills impacted by hearing loss or deafness

Benefits of Speech Therapy for Children

There are many benefits to speech therapy for children. Speech therapy can help children improve their communication skills, academic performance, and social skills. It can also help children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other conditions that can cause communication difficulties.

What Can Speech Therapy Help With?

Pediatric speech therapy can help children with a variety of conditions that cause communication difficulties and delays. Some of these conditions include:

  • Apraxia
  • Articulation
  • Developmental delays
  • Speech delays
  • Stuttering
  • Augmentative communication
  • Listening skills
  • Voice disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Other speech and language delays
Female speech therapist holding up a letter and practicing verbal sounds with a child in pediatric speech therapy

Children’s Speech Therapy Services in Texas

Circle of Care is proud to offer center-based and in-home pediatric speech therapy services to families across Texas. Our licensed and experienced speech-language pathologists work with children of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about our speech therapy services, please contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation.

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My son's speech therapist has been so patient and attentive. She was able to provide some home exercises for my wife and I to use throughout the day and the support has really made a difference. We are grateful for the care.

Mother of a Child Receiving Occupational & Speech Therapy
Young boy in a wheelchair smiling next to his physical therapist

Circle of Care comes right to your house, so you don’t have to worry about anything. My kids love them.
We used a different company, and it wasn’t going well, so we switched to Circle of Care, and noticed a big improvement right away.

Mother of Two Children Receiving Speech Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy FAQ

Is pediatric speech therapy covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies in Texas will cover speech therapy if it is deemed medically necessary by a pediatrician. Most of the time a child’s primary care physician will need to provide a referral in order to be seen by a speech therapist. Insurance coverage for pediatric speech therapy can vary depending on the insurance plan and the severity of the condition being treated. Circle of Care is in-network with a majority of private insurance companies and we also accept Medicaid.

What age does speech therapy start?

The length of speech therapy varies depending on the child's individual needs. Some children may only need a few sessions, while others may need ongoing therapy for extended periods of time.

What happens if my child does not receive speech therapy?

If your child does not receive speech therapy, his or her communication skills may not improve. In some cases, conditions that cause communication difficulties may get worse over time if they are not treated. An evaluation is helpful in determining whether or not speech therapy is necessary. Consult your child’s primary care physician or a licensed speech therapist to address your concerns.