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Speech-Language Pathology


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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

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).

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The Center’s Speech Pathologists

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