Pediatric Speech Therapy in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota FL
Our pediatric speech therapy team at Therapeutic Potentials, Inc., works with toddlers, kids and teens from Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and surrounding Florida communities. As highly trained professionals, we help each child find meaningful solutions to their unique speech and language needs.
What is Pediatric Speech Therapy?
Pediatric speech therapy is a field of health care that helps kids improve their speaking, thinking and/or feeding and swallowing skills. Clinicians who provide pediatric speech therapy are known as speech language pathologists (SLPs), or speech therapists. Pediatric speech therapists can work with babies as young as six months old, as well as toddlers, adolescents and teens.
At TPI, our young patients come to us with a wide range of abilities and challenges. Some kids have difficulties with speaking, thinking or feeding related to conditions present at birth. Other kids develop challenges later in their childhood due to injury or illness. No matter what the cause of your child’s speech issues, our experienced SLPs are ready to help you and your child begin to see meaningful improvements.
Does my child need Pediatric Speech Therapy?
As a parent or caregiver of a young child, you have a good sense of whether your child is on track with their language and development. If something seems off, or if you’re worried that your child might be falling behind, we encourage you to consult with TPI. The sooner you seek professional input, the more positive an impact that treatment can make on your child’s long-term health and development.
Here are some things many parents notice that prompt them to bring their children to a pediatric speech therapist:
- By age 4 to 7 months, their baby does not babble or experiment with sounds
- By age 7 to 12 months, their baby makes only a few sounds or gestures, such as pointing or waving
- By age 7 to 2 years, their baby does not appear to understand what other people say (e.g., the child is unable to follow simple verbal instructions from a parent or caregiver)
- By age 12 to 2 years, their child says only a few words, or their speech is unclear and difficult to understand (especially with words that have sounds like p, b, m, h and w)
- By age 1.5 to 3 years, their child is unable to put words together into sentences
- By age 2.5 to 3 years, their child struggles with early reading and writing skills (e.g., looking at or pointing to pictures in books, understanding that books have a front and back, turning pages in books, etc.)
- Their child does not smile nor interact with other people, or has trouble playing with/ talking to other children
Our Speech Language Pathologists help children experiencing speech delays or disorders related to:
- Articulation Speech Production
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Augmentative Communication
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cognitive Disorders
- Cochlear Implants
- Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome and other Congenital Conditions
- Dysphagia Swallowing Disorders
- Dysarthria Low Muscle Tone
- Early Language Development
- Executive Functioning
- Expressive Language Disorders
- Feeding Disorders, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Oral Motor Disorders
- Language Processing Disorders
- Social Play, Communication, Interactions
- Pragmatic Language, Social Language
- Problem Solving and Figurative Language Metalinguistic
- Reading Comprehension
- Reading Interventions
- Receptive Language Disorders Comprehension
- Selective Mutism
- Stuttering Fluency Cluttering Disorders
- Tongue Thrust Lisps, Tongue Tie
- Voice Disorder
Pediatric Speech Therapy With Our Team at TPI
If therapy is warranted for your child, our experts in pediatric speech therapy can develop an appropriate plan of care to meet their needs. Following a thorough evaluation where we assess your child’s current challenges and establish their goals, your child’s speech therapist will be able to design a personalized plan of care and help facilitate their optimal potential!
It’s never too late or too early for your child to start speech therapy. There are many effective interventions, tools and strategies we can implement that will help children make significant progress in their speech, swallowing and cognitive functions at any age.