Speech and language pathology is specialized therapy that helps children develop or improve their speech, language, memory and attention, feeding and swallowing. At CHOC Children’s, we provide therapy services for children from birth through 21 years of age. Therapy is offered in our state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and in a variety of our specialty clinics and in-patient facilities.
At CHOC Children’s, Speech and language pathologists assess and treat a variety of disorders including:
- Feeding disorders.
- Swallowing disorders.
- Cognitive-communication disorders.
- Voice disorders.
- Receptive and expressive language delays.
- Motor speech disorders.
Speech and language pathologists at CHOC Children’s use a variety of treatment techniques while working with patients. All treatments are designed to meet each patient’s specific needs and help the child meet his or her personal potential. Treatments can include:
- Improving the child’s speech clarity
- Teaching the child sign language and other nonverbal ways to communicate.
- Working on oral sensory, motor and behavioral strategies for feeding disorders.
- Swallowing therapy which may include neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). Learn more about NMES.
- Improving the child’s memory and attention skill building for cognitive disorders.
- Developmental play activities for cognitive and developmental delays.
- Treating voice disorders, which may include biofeedback. Learn more about biofeedback.
*Get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about speech and language therapy.
*Learn when to ask the pediatrician for a referral for speech or language therapy.
*Learn when to ask the pediatrician for a referral for swallowing or feeding therapy.