Speech and Language Therapy specializes in Speech Production, Language Processing, Communication Skills as well as Oral-Motor and Swallowing deficits in children from Infancy until adolescence.
At the Center we have more than 3 speech and language therapists who provide all services presented above. We also offer a home training approach and are willing to come to the child’s home to care for their needs.
We at the Center provide the following services under SLP who is trained, certified and licensed to practice in NJ:
- Expressive Language – difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
- Receptive Language – difficulties understanding or processing language, such as: following directions, understanding concepts of color, shape, opposites, or possessing a poor vocabulary.
- Articulation – difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words correctly to the point that listeners can’t understand what’s being said.
- Voice – abnormal pitch, volume or quality of the voice that distracts listeners from the actual content.
- Fluency – difficulties in the rhythm and the flow of speech mainly interrupted by abnormal stops, repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolonged sounds and syllables (stuttering).
- Auditory Processing – the brain’s ability to process what is heard. Difficulty following directions and listening; an inability to recall words.
- Pragmatic Speech – inappropriate body language, eye contact, or responses in social situations
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication – lack of speech or limited ability to speak. In this case the speech therapist will teach the child how to use gestures, picture symbols, or voice-output devices or computers.
- Oral – Motor/ Feeding Skills – these include difficulties with sucking, swallowing, chewing biting. This may come across as: facial weakness (Dysphagia) drooling, choking, and refusing certain foods.
Therapy should begin as soon as possible. The research shows that if therapy begins early (before they’re 5 years old) the children may present a better outcome in language skills, rather than those who begin therapy later. This does not mean that older kids can’t make progress in therapy, they may progress at a slower pace, because they have learned patterns that need to be changed and we all know how hard it is to change habits.
If you have any questions or you need further information, please contact Ruth at 201-894-5800, ext. 102