Speech and Language Services
Speech and language evaluations and treatment are available for children from preschool through high school years at the SMart Center.
A comprehensive speech-language evaluation includes standardized and informal measures to appropriately assess the oral mechanism, speech sound articulation, speech production during co-articulation, receptive and expressive language (understanding language and expressing oneself at an age-appropriate level involving semantics, syntax, morphology, and/or pragmatic language), voice (pitch, quality, and loudness), and fluency of speech (rate and rhythm). The series of assessment tools vary depending on the individualized needs of the child. All testing is conducted by an ASHA certified and PA licensed speech-language pathologist.
The speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center are well qualified to properly assess children's speech and language skills. They hold a Master's or Doctoral degree and have many years experience treating children with speech-language needs, including those with Selective Mutism. All speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center have experience working with children who have SM and know how to evaluate and engage those with social communication disorders.
Speech-language therapy is also available at the SMart Center for children who have communication deficits and present with speech, language, voice, and/or fluency concerns. For children with SM, there is a special focus on improving communicative interactions and pragmatic language. This includes using language for a variety of purposes such as greetings, making requests, informing others, engaging in storytelling, and following conversational rules, to name a few. Our speech-language pathologists pride themselves in helping children communicate effectively.
For information on fees for above services as well as research-based opportunities in conjunction with treatment evaluations, please contact us