Our Speech Language Pathologist’s goal is to help your child become a successful communicator. Our clinicians are trained in advanced clinical techniques such as PROMPT, BECKMAN, HANEN, LSVT, and LAMP. By tailoring programs specific to your child’s needs, we help families achieve their goals. PTN is a recognized training center by physicians and area graduate programs. 

We offer support with the following:

Expressive language skills

Expressive language is a broad term that describes how a person communicates their wants and needs. It encompasses verbal and nonverbal communication skills and how an individual uses language. Expressive language skills include: facial expressions, gestures, intentionality, vocabulary, semantics (word/sentence meaning), morphology, and syntax (grammar rules).

Articulation skills

Articulation or speech production, is how clearly a speech sound is produced. Children or adults may have errors in speech for one specific sound, or a group of sound classes. For example, a child may say “tat" for “cat". For children, when multiple speech sounds show a pattern, errors may be classified as phonological disorders.

Oral motor skills

Oral motor skills are used in therapy sessions to build oral motor coordination for speech sound development and feeding skills. Oral motor development is crucial for learning how to eat and produce sounds. Therapy in this area typically encompasses oral awareness, oral stretches, and oral exercises to improve range, strength, and speed of movements needed for speech.

 

Dysarthria

Dysarthria is another motor speech disorder that results from neuro-motor impairment to the muscles of speech production. Often, people with dysarthria can show muscle weakness in the face, lips, or tongue. It may also affect respiration. Dysarthria is characterized by sound distortions, imprecise sound production, and other deficits in muscle tone, range, and speed of movement.

Disorders of fluency

Disorders of fluency or Stuttering is a speech disorder that impacts speech fluidity. Fluency disorders are characterized by sound or word repetitions, pauses, or drawn out syllables, words, and phrases. In more severe cases, groping or nonverbal symptoms (e.g. ticks, silent blocks) are also present.

Receptive language skills

Receptive language skills describe the comprehension of language. Comprehension involves attention, listening, and processing the message to gain information. Areas of receptive language skills include: attention, receptive vocabulary, following directions, and understanding questions.

Feeding and swallowing

Feeding and swallowing therapy focuses on the ability to bring food to the mouth, chew, and swallow, safely and efficiently.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that impacts a child’s speech clarity. Children with apraxia of speech have difficulty planning and producing refined movements of the jaw, lips, and tongue needed for clear speech. It is characterized by inconsistent sound production and dyscoordination of movement.

Disorders of voice

Voice Disorders are considered to be an abnormality of one or more of the three characteristics of voice: pitch (intonation), intensity (loudness), and quality (resonance). Voice disorders may be caused by vocal abuse (repeated yelling/whispering), vocal cord dysfunction, infection, inflammation, neuromuscular disorder, or psychological conditions.

Augmentative and alternative communication skills

Augmentative and alternative communication includes all forms of communication and expression. AAC therapy may supplement verbal communication or be the primary form of communication. It may incorporate the use of pictures, gestures, voice-output devices, or computers to help individuals express their thoughts effectively.

Pragmatic Skills

Pragmatic Skills are the way a person uses language in social contexts. Incorporating verbal and nonverbal communication, pragmatic skills are the essence of communication. Each culture has its own pragmatic use of language including idioms, jokes, slang, affect, and tone of voice.

Our Pathologists

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for children of all ages. Trained in the principles of Sensory Integration, our staff embraces traditional and non-traditional therapy approaches to help children reach their full potential in all areas of communication skill building.  Each of our staff has a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and holds licensure in the state of California. Family education, school/team collaboration, and home programs are also an integral part of our therapy program. 

Therapist Spotlight
Rachel Hooey
Rachel Hooey is a Speech & Language Therapy Supervisor who has been a part of the PTN family for the past two and a half years. Rachel grew up in Litchfield – a small town of about 1,300 people in Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her masters from the University of Kentucky. What Rachel enjoys most about working with the children at PTN, is seeing them realize their power to convey thoughts, preferences, and feelings. Rachel shares the following with our PTN parents, “Thank you for all your time, effort, and patience with your child. You are their biggest and best advocate - whether it's reading them a book, signing a song, or just listening to them jabber about Paw Patrol, you are positioned to be their most consistent and impactful communication partner, and we appreciate all you do!” In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking and spending as much time as possible at the beach.
Sarah C.
Parent
"PTN is an amazing facility that has changed the life of my son and my family. When my son started here his speech was limited and he had behavioral issues that were out of control. After two weeks his speech grew from 50 words to 75 easy and his outburst have decreased. This was such a relief to us. Now he is almost where he should be with his speech and his frustration levels are manageable."
Enroll your child in PTN's Speech Language Therapy
Contact Lacey Kuha at 310.328.0276 x238 or laceyt@ptnmail.org.