Speech Therapy, or speech-language pathology, is the evaluation and treatment, of communication related disorders, including but not limited to language, speech, articulation, voice, and fluency.
- Evaluate the communication of each patient: words they use, sounds they make, how they make them, how they understand words, how they articulate words, and more.
- Provide a written evaluation and treatment plan for each patient.
- Structure therapy sessions to target speech and language development as indicated by the treatment plan. Communicate to caregivers progress made within session and provide exercises to be completed at home.
Speech pathologists, also known as speech therapists, evaluate and treat people with communication disorders that interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly and fluently. A master’s degree in speech pathology, commonly known as speech-language pathology (SLP), is the basic requirement to practice in all states.talking Speech pathology master’s degree programs generally take two years to complete and include a practicum, which often requires up to 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field related to speech and hearing science may be able to complete a master’s program in less than two years. Master’s degree speech pathology curriculum includes courses in acoustics and articulation, perception and production of speech, speech system anatomy and physiology, and research methodology. Students learn to evaluate and treat speech disorders by gaining an understanding of the physical, neurological, psychological and cognitive factors involved. Courses also cover specific conditions that can lead to communication disorders, such as dysphagia, a condition which causes swallowing problems, aphasia, which is caused by brain damage and dysarthria, a motor disorder that causes slurred speech. All of our speech therapists have obtained their certificate of clinical competence and are licensed to independently practice in the State of South Carolina.
As a pediatric therapy clinic, we work primarily with children in need of speech services. Your doctor may recommend speech therapy services for any of the following reasons:
- Language Disorder- lack of words, sentences, gesturing, comprehension of speech
- Articulation Disorders- difficulty with individual sounds
- Fluency Disorders- difficulty with the flow of speech such as stuttering
- Abnormalities in vocal structures and function