Speech Language Pathology

At the Children’s Developmental Center, licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) provide stimulation for children who need assistance with receptive and/or expressive language, articulation, oral-motor function, swallowing, and auditory processing.

SLPs also assist hard of hearing and deaf children to learn to listen and develop their speech and language skills. We coordinate with Seattle Children’s, Spokane Ear Nose and throat and multiple local agencies. We have SLPs with specialized training and extensive experience in;

  • Working with children that have been diagnosed with autism
  • Building the auditory skills of children that use hearing aids/cochlear implants
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Swallowing or feeding difficulties
  • Augmentative communication (e.g., using a communication device)
  • Working with children with significant needs due to the severity of a neurological disorder
“When we first came to you, my son’s speech was very limited. He was saying only maybe 2 or 3 words with recognition for meaning and wasn’t doing the usual baby babble you’d expect. His frustration was high due to his inability to communicate his wants and needs. Today, a little more than a year later, his speech/language has had a boom in growth. While I don’t often know what he’s saying, the child never stops talking!”
“I’ll never forget the impact of the simple suggestion made by one of the therapists. She said to coach my son by pointing to things to help him communicate. I tried it and the child took the skill and ran with it! It opened up communication for us greatly and he was so much less frustrated. I’ve also appreciated the tips on making learning fun, setting boundaries around “waiting,” “stopping,” turn-taking, not intervening when he is whining, and setting limits with bedtime. What a difference you have made for him and me!”

Meet The Speech Language Pathology Team

Angel
Betsy
Katie
Shannon
Tessa
Renee