Services

Our speech therapists create a unique treatment plan based upon each client's needs.
Speech, language and feeding evaluations and therapy programs are available for the following disorders:

Summer Services

Lucas Speech Pathology is offering once weekly group sessions that target your child’s speech/language needs in a friendly, supportive environment to help prevent regression and keep the skills that they worked so hard to learn over the school year. Three different groups will target artciulation, social and language skills.

The program runs from July 9 - August 3 ($100 for the entire program) If your child did not qualitfy for summer services...don't worry! Call for details.

FEEDING DIFFICULTIES/DISORDERS:

-Slow feeder, limited diet, poor appetite, picky eater, and difficulties swallowing.
-If your child has less than 10 foods in their diet, a feeding evaluation is strongly recommended.
-If you are an adult and experience coughing, choking, or a sensation that the "food is stuck" in your throat, a feeding evaluation is strongly recommended.

ARTICULATION:

-The "s", "r", "k", and "g" sounds are some of the most common misarticulated phonemes.
-If speech intelligibility is reduced because of articulation changes or errors in your speech, an articulation assessment is needed.
-Articulation can be delayed in children for unknown reasons, adults experience articulation difficulties typically after a stroke and present with dysarthria (muscle weakness) or apraxia (coordination problems with oral musculature).

APRAXIA:

-A muscle coordination problem which affects articulation and speech intelligibility.
-Speech therapy is needed to improve the muscle coordination which will improve articulation, intelligibility and fluency in speech.

FLUENCY OR STUTTERING:

- Difficulties include repeating words, getting stuck on words, repeating phrases, and a slow rate or speed of speech.
- The earlier the fluency problems are identified and addressed, the better your results will be in therapy.
- Secondary behaviors can accompany fluency or stuttering problems, such as eye blinking, head twitches, or arm/leg movements.

VOICE:

-Vocal quality can sound hoarse, breathy, raspy, or have pitch breaks.
-One of the most common causes of poor vocal quality are vocal nodules. Vocal nodules are treatable with voice therapy from a speech pathologist.
-If you're experiencing any one of the voice symptoms listed above, reduce any vocal abusive behavior such as shouting/screaming, coughing or throat clearing, and caffeine intake.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:

-Receptive and expressive language delays/disorders can be present in children with unknown etiology or cause.
-Academic performance is impacted if language skills are not addressed, such as asking and answering questions, use of age appropriate vocabulary, and comprehension of directions.

SOCIAL SKILLS:

Pragmatics include difficulty with eye contact, greetings, humor, problem solving, turn taking, pause time with response to questions, and use of social phrases/sayings.

These skills are often difficult for children with a diagnosis of autism or PDD NOS, stutterers or those who have language delays.