Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Children

Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Children
Anne Wallace, Clinical Coodinator

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services to children who are in need of developing and expanding their speech and/or language skills. These difficulties may occur alone or may be seen in conjunction with diagnoses such as Global Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Evaluation and therapy are available for children with:

  • Language and/or speech delays
  • Language-related learning problems
  • Articulation and phonological disorders

Evaluation services include an interview, assessment, feedback and written report in order to determine and/or confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time.

Therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each child. Clinicians use a variety of techniques and strategies to facilitate progress:

  • Individual therapy sessions give each child the personal attention he or she needs.
  • Group therapy sessions provide a realistic communication context in which children can practice newly developed skills.

This approach provides a supportive social environment with appropriate peers to assist in generalization of emerging skills. In addition to these traditional approaches, the program incorporates a variety of treatment methods, including devices to support communication from simple visual symbol systems to computer assisted learning. Clinical faculty and graduate students work closely with family members, teachers, support personnel to design a program that best facilitates the child's communication development.