Speech-language therapy is the treatment for toddlers and children with speech, voice, fluency and/or language disorders. Speech-language therapy improves skills that allow children to communicate more effectively, such as:
- Improving your child’s ability to understand and express thoughts, ideas and feelings.
- Improving speech-language skills so your child is understood by others.
- Improving your child’s ability to follow directions and understand what others say.
- Supporting reading, writing and other academic subjects.
Our speech-language therapists work with children and families to address a range of communication concerns, from speech delays to developmental language and communication disorders, including autism, hearing loss,
apraxia, voice, fluency and cleft lip and palate. The speech and language experts at Boys Town National Research Hospital have created downloads for parents with milestones to expect at each age.
Speech and Language Milestones by Age
The first step is to have your child complete a communication evaluation with one of our certified speech-language pathologists to identify the communication delay or disorder and set up an individualized therapy plan. Individualized communication goals may focus on:
- Answering questions
- Following directions
- Building language
- Increasing length of spoken utterances
- Using correct verb tense and appropriate sentence structure
- Improving conversational turn-taking
- Improving articulation
- Improving listening skills, as well as supporting reading and written language development.
Communication evaluations and therapy for children speaking Spanish are also available.
Schedule an Evaluation with a Speech Therapist
To schedule your child for an evaluation with a pediatric speech pathologist, please call (531) 355-5087. Appointments are available between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.
Our pediatric speech-language pathologists work closely with families to ensure children achieve performance expectations.
How Do I Pay for My Child's Therapy?
Children may enroll in therapy sessions based on insurance coverage and availability. Self-pay evaluation and therapy services (without insurance coverage) are also available. Additionally, the
Small Steps in Speech grant is also available to provide financial assistance for families with children 3-22 years
and a certain income criteria.
Therapy Services for Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
Evaluations and therapy services focusing on the development of communication skills for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are located at our Downtown Medical Campus. Hospital speech pathologists specialize in the development of skills along the auditory-visual continuum and are able to serve individuals who want to develop their listening and spoken language skills as well individuals who need support developing their visual communications skills, such as sign language. Appointments for services specially designed to meet the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can be made by calling (531) 355-5087.
Spanish Speech Therapy
Communication evaluations and therapy services are also available for children and families who speak Spanish. Spanish speech therapy services are located at the Downtown Medical Campus. Please call (531) 355-5114 to talk to a Spanish-speaking speech pathologist.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=98||Abby||Bogatz||M.A., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=94||Riley||Ford||M.S., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=5||Patricia||Gill||M.S. CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist/Voice Specialist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=108||Samantha||Hall||M.S., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=99||Allyssa||LaRose||M.S., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=105||Megan||Nickles||M.S., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=106||Nancy ||Ohlmann||M.A., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=96||Kayla||Skaggs||M.A., CCC-SLP||Senior Speech-Language Pathologist/Research||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=107||Paige||Thompson||M.S., CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist||ServiceStaffCatalog|
|https://tstauthoring.boystown.org/Lists/ServiceStaffCatalog/DispForm.aspx?ID=14||Stephanie||Tupper||M.S. CCC-SLP||Speech-Language Pathologist & Parent Infant Specialist||ServiceStaffCatalog|