Consultation – Evaluation – Treatment
Your Speech Path, LLC is proud to offer free initial 15-minute consultations via phone, virtual, or in office to determine if an evaluation is warranted.
The following evaluations are offered:
45 minutes with one-page write-up
A consultation will allow your child to be informally assessed by a skilled speech-language pathologist. A consultation is generally only clinical observation and parent/caregiver discussion. There is no formal testing administered such as standardized or criterion-referenced assessments. A consultation will give you an overall idea of what needs your child may have.
Please note, if you are seeking specific diagnoses, a full speech and language evaluation is required.
Speech and Language Evaluation
60-90 minutes with standardized testing and full write-up
A full speech and language evaluation will consist of assessing your child speech, oral motor, expressive language, and receptive language skills. This includes standardized and/or criterion referenced testing, parent/caregiver discussion, skilled observation, and language sampling. If your child’s needs are only speech based, you will get detailed results of your child articulation or phonological errors. Your speech-language pathologist will be able to provide you immediate, detailed feedback about your child’s needs.
Motor Speech Evaluation
60-90 minutes with full write-up
A motor-speech evaluation is specific to the planning and programming of speech. A differential diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Dysarthria, or comorbidities will be completed. A motor speech evolution consists of an oral mechanism examination, motor speech assessment, phonological/articulation assessment, and language assessment. If your child is suspected of having CAS, Erin is qualified to confirm or dismiss the diagnosis.
Orofacial Myofunctional Evaluation
60-90 minutes with full write up
An orofacial myofunctional assessment will assess your child for orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) by evaluating growth and development of the muscles and bones of the face and mouth. Assessment of OMDs in your child’s speech, eating, drinking, and swallowing will be completed. A referral to an otolaryngologist (ENT), dentist, or pediatrician may be made depending on findings.
Consultation regarding speech and language goals in your child’s IEP establishment, maintenance, and edits is available at Your Speech Path, LLC!
30 & 50 minute sessions
Your child’s goals and needs will be addressed during individual, personalized, caring therapy sessions. Depending on your child’s needs and age, one parent may be in attendance during treatment.
In-person and Virtual Available
Do you wish you had more information on speech sound disorders? Apraxia of Speech? Motor speech therapy? Contact Erin Gaul MS, CCC-SLP, owner of Your Speech Path, LLC to speak at your office, support group, or place of business!
Speech and Language Therapy
Children with all speech and language diagnoses are welcome at Your Speech Path, LLC! Speech and language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support, and care for children who have difficulties with communication.
At Your Speech Path. LLC, we understand the value in a child’s first words, being able to sing along to songs, ask a friend to play, or say the names of important people in their family. It’s confusing and heartbreaking when these milestones are not observed in your child. At Your Speech Path, LLC, we want to provide not only your child with the skills necessary to communicate effectively, but the parents, caregivers, family, and friends to encourage the development of your child’s communication. Your child needs a team’s support, and we are proud to be the first step in establishing the path to success.
Speech & Language Overview
“Erin worked with my son for the past few years and is AMAZING! My son spoke very little when he started working with Erin and he connected with her right away and just had his last session with her this week. I am so grateful for Erin.”
What Is Speech?
Speech is how we make sounds using the mouth, lips, and tongue.
This is the skill we need to be able to say the sound “th” rather than /f/. Without being able to say, “three,” we may say, “free little pigs.”
How we use our vocal folds and breath to produce sounds. Our voice can vary in volume (loud or soft) or in pitch (high vs. low). We can hurt our voice by talking too much, yelling, or cough excessively. At times, this can result in vocal nodules or polyps, further harming our vocal quality.
This is the rhythm and flow of our speech . At times, speech may be repeated, prolonged, stopped, and overall, demonstrate a dysfluent quality. Speech should be smooth and when people do not have smooth speech, they may stutter, clutter, or have difficulty with motor planning.
What Is Language?
Language is the principal method of human communication, consisting of words used in a structured and conventional way and conveyed by speech, writing, gesture, sign language, etc. Expressive language is the “output” of language, the ability to convey our thoughts, feelings, wants, needs, dislikes, etc. Speech is one mode of expressive language. Language also consists of how we understand the spoken word, writing, gestures, or signs. Understanding vocabulary, following directions, answering questions are examples of receptive language.
Speech & Language Disorders
A child can have trouble with speech, language, or both. Having trouble understanding what others say, what they’ve read, or following directions can be sign of a receptive language disorder. Having problems sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings is a sign of an expressive language disorder. It is possible to have both a receptive and an expressive language problem.
Your Speech Path, LLC specializes in evaluation and treatment of speech-sound disorders. However, all populations welcome!
- Deaf/HOH Aural Rehabilitation
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Down Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Speech and language delay
- Articulation disorder
- Phonological disorder
- Receptive Language
- Auditory Processing
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Voice disorders
- Oral motor deficits
- Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy