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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech Therapist


A speech-language pathologist (SLP), also known as a speech therapist, helps with speech, language, and swallowing. At Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center, our speech therapy clients are primarily pediatric.
The first appointment will involve an evaluation in order for the therapist to determine the best course of treatment. Your child’s therapist may recommend testing the child’s hearing to see if hearing loss may be contributing to speech and language issues. Individual treatment plans vary depending on the needs of the particular child.

Your child’s therapy may include:

  • How to do certain things like articulate/ pronounce certain sounds

  • Phonological awareness (important for building reading skills)

  • Language skills and/or Language complexity: For example, they might teach words like "and" and "or" to connect ideas within sentences.

  • Building vocabulary while using play and stories

  • Conversation skills including role-playing and socialization


When working with a child who has a feeding or swallowing disorder, they might focus on:

  • Strengthening the muscles of the mouth

  • Helping the child learn to chew

  • Encouraging the child to try new foods and drinks

  • Addressing sensory issues related to food

  • Adjusting food texture to make swallowing easier

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