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Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Speech-Language Pathology

 

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Patient Packet
Speech Language Evaluation History Form 

Speech-language development depends on a carefully orchestrated variety of skills, including listening, social cues, comprehension, attention, reasoning skills, memory, word recognition, and grammar. However, not all children develop speech-language at the same pace. A speech disorder is a problem with the production of sounds. A language disorder refers to difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Our Speech-Language Therapy Services

At the Kireker Center for Child Development, we evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of speech-language disorders in children from birth up to age 21. These include:

  • language delays
  • articulation delays (sound changes, lisps, tongue thrust)
  • voice disorders (e.g., vocal nodules)
  • fluency (stuttering)

All children with varied diagnoses are provided with care, including those diagnosed with autism, pervasive developmental disorder-not other specified (PDD-NOS), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), auditory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.

Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology

Our Feeding Therapy Services 

We also offer feeding evaluations and treatment for children who are:

  • picky eaters (food refusal, avoidance, tantrums)
  • having difficulty with swallowing (gagging, vomiting with tasting or swallowing)
  • experiencing trouble transitioning from liquids to solid foods
  • having difficulty transitioning from purees to chewables

We assist parents of infants who were cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in transitioning their babies from tube feedings (nasogastric tube, gastric tube) to bottle feedings. We also offer support for babies who have been discharged from the NICU and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in maintaining their feeding skills within the home environment.

Evaluations and Therapy

If you suspect that your child may be experiencing a delay in speech or language development or has difficulty with feeding or swallowing, we encourage you to call us at 201-612-1006 to set up an evaluation. We provide comprehensive assessment and assist families with getting services at our center and in their community or school.

Most therapy sessions are 30 minutes in duration. Most children come for therapy one or two times per week. We also offer social groups, PROMPT therapy, and bilingual-Spanish therapy.

Our Team

The Center's Speech Pathologists
The Center’s Speech Pathologists

Our Speech-Language Pathology Department is comprised of six speech pathologists who have extensive experience with the pediatric population. All therapists have completed their master’s degrees, are licensed by the state of New Jersey, and are ASHA-certified (American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do I need to bring with us when my child comes for a speech-language evaluation?
A. Once an appointment is scheduled, you will receive a packet of information in the mail to fill out before you come for your child’s appointment. Please fill out the medical history section with as much detail as possible. If your child has had any previous tests, please bring the results and reports with you. For insurance purposes, please bring any referral forms, pre-authorization forms, or co-payments that your individual policy requires.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare my child for a feeding evaluation?
A. Please try to bring your child hungry for the feeding evaluation. You will need to bring a variety of foods for the assessment, both foods that your child tolerates and foods that he/she does not tolerate. In preparation for your child's feeding evaluation, we request that you keep a 3-day diet log (any and all feedings). If your child's feeding schedule changes from weekday to weekend (e.g., daycare vs. home), please keep a 2-weekday diet log and a 2-weekend diet log.

Q. How long is a speech-language therapy session?
A. Individual therapy sessions are usually 30 minutes.

Q. What happens during a typical therapy session?
A. Our play-based therapy is one-to-one and takes place in a private office. Parents are welcome to attend the initial sessions, but we try to transition the child to sessions without the parents so the child is not distracted during therapy. We take an interdisciplinary approach with therapy – an audiologist and occupational and physical therapists are all located on the first floor.

Q. What will my child need to do at home to continue his/her therapy?
A. Most children receiving speech-language therapy come to us once or twice a week. In order to maintain progress, our therapists will provide exercises and language-stimulating activities that your child can do at home each day for carryover. At the end of each therapy session, we will discuss with you what home-based therapy you should focus on during the upcoming week.

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