ABC Speech Partners offers private pediatric speech and language therapy services in Scottsdale, Arizona area homes and preschools. We provide screenings, comprehensive evaluations, skilled treatment, family-support and collaborative work with schools, educators and specialists. Therapy models include individual, parent/child and group sessions. Services take place within the child's natural, early childhood environment.
A screening is a quick informal assessment and observation of speech, language and social skills. It ensures a child is meeting general developmental milestones and determines if a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is recommended. The screening typically involves one session with the Speech-Language Pathologist and may occur in the home or classroom environment.
A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation looks at a child's speech, language and social communication skills in order to determine the need for intervention. Evaluations typically require one-on-one sessions with the child and family depending on child's age and learning needs. Following the completion of the assessment, a written report is provided with results and recommendations for parents and the child's team of professionals.
Speech sound disorders in children include problems with articulation (making specific sounds) and phonological processes (sound error patterns), which impact overall intelligibility.
Language disorders in children refer to difficulties with understanding the message coming from others (receptive) and/or accurately conveying a message or thought to others (expressive). Language delays may include difficulties with prelinguistic skills such as vocalizing, babbling, gesturing and joint attention.
Voice and resonance disorders in children may be characterized by: hoarseness, raspiness, breathy or strained vocal quality; vocal fatigue after talking; discomfort upon voicing; periodic loss of voice; inappropriate pitch or loudness; reduction in vocal range during speaking and/or hypernasality.
Children with motor-speech disorders have difficulty producing sounds, syllables and words due to the complexities of coordinating (motor programing) speech movements (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue, vocal folds) and/or the motor control of the speech muscles.
Children with feeding disorders may only eat a few foods and/or completely avoid entire food groups, textures or liquids. Swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, can occur at different stages in the swallowing process. This includes moving food into and down the throat, protecting the airway and squeezing food into the stomach. Impaired oral-motor skills of sucking, biting and chewing can impact feeding and swallowing development.
Stuttering is a speech disorder that affects the fluency of speech. The flow of speech can be disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases.
AAC encompasses the communication methods children use to supplement or replace speech, language and writing needs. AAC includes, but not limited to, the use of sign language, gestures, pictures, symbols, communication boards and electronic devices. Implementation of these strategies and techniques enhance a child's communication process.
Pragmatics refers to the social language skills children use in their daily interactions with others. A social (pragmatic) communication disorder impacts both verbal and non-verbal social communication skills to include using gestures, turn-taking, talking about emotions, responding to information, staying on topic, making friends, etc.
We provide home programs and education to families to accelerate a child's speech and language progress. Training and workshops are implemented and uniquely tailored to help parents and professionals learn more about communication topics for early intervention, preschool and school-age children. Topics may include:
We partner with families, educators and specialists to:
Aimee Edwards, MA, CCC-SLP
Barb Iuorio, MS, CCC-SLP