Pediatric Speech Therapy
Speech Therapy (ST) improves a child’s speech and language functioning and focuses on improving a child’s ability to communicate and interact in their social environment. At Temecula Valley Therapy Services, our Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide a comprehensive assessment to evaluate speech, language, oral motor function, voice and fluency.
Speech refers to the motor function of making speech sounds. Articulation impairments represent errors in the sounds within words (i.e., saying “wabbit” for rabbit). Oral Motor Function refers to the function of the muscules of the mouth in terms of range of motion, strength, rate and coordination. Apraxia and dysarthria are speech disorders that are caused by oral motor impairments.
Language refers to the use of words to communicate with others. Language can be divided into three main categories:
- receptive language (understanding the meaning of words);
- expressive language (the use of words to convey ideas);
- pragmatic language ( the ability to use language to socialize and interact with others).
Voice refers to the function of the vocal folds and respiratory system to produce sound. Voice disorders can impair a child’s vocal quality, pitch, and/or vocal loudness.
Fluency refers to the rhythm and cadence of speech. Fluency disorders are often referred to as “stuttering.”
Speech Therapy focuses on the remediation of speech production and language development, as well as voice, fluency, oral motor functioning and social skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes; if your toddler is not yet talking, your child should be assessed. Please contact Temecula Valley Therapy Services to schedule a Speech and Language evaluation. Please read below to learn about what to expect and what documents you
should bring during the assessment.
Yes; this is a red flag and your child should be evaluated. If you suspect hearing loss, please contact an audiologist so that your child’s hearing may be tested. Please refer to the resources page for audiologists in the Temecula area.
No; Temecula Valley Therapy Services does not currently have an audiologist on staff. Please refer to the resources page for an audiologist in the Temecula area. If hearing loss is suspected, it is beneficial to complete this process before your assessment at Temecula Valley Therapy Services; and remember to bring a copy of the report to your assessment.
Auditory Processing Disorders can only be diagnosed by a licensed audiologist. However, a full speech-language assessment is necessary to fully assess your child’s language processing. Temecula Valley Therapy Services also provides therapy for Auditory Processing Disorders.
Please refer to the resources page for audiologists in the Temecula area.
Yes, Temecula Valley Therapy Services provides feeding and swallowing evaluations. If your child is gagging, choking, or eating less than 20 foods, you should have your child assessed to determine if your child requires services.
Yes; your child should be evaluated by a licensed speech-language pathologist to determine if your child’s social skills are age appropriate. Temecula Valley Therapy Services provides assessments and offers group sessions to build social skills and confidence interacting with peers.
All new patients must be assessed before beginning treatment; typically an assessment is completed in one 60-90 minute session, though a second session may be required for more complex cases. An assessment is comprehensive and will evaluate speech, language, oral motor function, voice and fluency. The clinician will ask questions regarding relevant medical history, complete an oral motor exam and administer standardized testing to assess your speech and language.
You should come prepared with all required forms, including insurance information and the case history form. You should also bring and relevant medical documents and copies of speech-language assessments completed in the past.
No, you do not need a referral to begin speech therapy; however, an assessment should be scheduled at Temecula Valley Therapy Services prior to beginning speech therapy. However, if you plan to bill your medical insurance, a referral from your child’s doctor is necessary. Please request a prescription that states, “Speech Therapy evaluation and treatment.”
Most insurance companies require that the therapy be “medically necessary.” Your child’s therapist can determine whether or not this applies to your child during the initial evaluation. Please refer to the insurance page for information about which types of insurance we accept; if you have further questions, please contact our billing department.
A therapy schedule typically consists of 2-3 sessions per week, for 30-45 minutes each. Of course, this schedule varies from child to child depending on his/her specific needs. Each session at Temecula Valley Therapy Services also includes a parent consultation during the last 5 minutes of the session, so that the therapist may communicate progress, answer questions, and suggest home activities.