Divine Speech/Language Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Ans : I help evaluate, diagnose, and treat children and adults with Speech/Language delays and disorders.

Ans : Typically, a delay is diagnosed when a child is performing significantly less than his same-aged peers and typically indicates that he may “catch up”; A disorder is usually diagnosed between the ages of 7-9, this is if the child has not made significant imrpovements over time and showing severe deficits when compared to other children his age. In addition, a disorder can also be defined by a child’s primary diagnosis and this often determines if the delay/disorder is a “by-product” of the primary diagnosis. A state-licensed or ASHA-Certified Speech Pathologist would be able to better assess your child through a full Speech evaluation by looking at the five areas and sub-areas of Speech Therapy:

-Articulation

-Apraxia of Speech

-Dysphagia

-Language–Expressive & Receptive Language

-Stuttering

-Voice

Ans : Of course we can! Speech therapists are skilled in all areas of disorder including feeding. The dysphagia cateogry listed above is treatment of children and adults with feeding difficulties. We can help!…and yes we teach caregivers very simple techniques, making a BIG difference in how your child responds to food, making mealtime more enjoyable for kids and caregivers.

Ans : Your child is doing what is known as developmental stuttering, much like children do when they are learning to walk, they fall down and get back up. Learning to manipulate language and use words and make sentences is pretty much the same thing…they make mistakes, stutter, and usually correct themselves as they become more skilled with using words, phrases, and sentences when speaking with others. If by the age of four your child is still stuttering and now the stuttering is accompanied by facial grimmaces, head movement, eye blinking, or other facial contortions and body movements, then it may be time to be evaluated by a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist.

Ans : Typically on most norm-referenced tests given by Licensed Speech-Pathologists,  a score of 85-115 is considered an average score or one that is within normal limits. A score between 80-84 is considered a “gray area” or one that is not really that bad or that good, but shoud be consisdered as precautionary. 80 or below scores are usually noted as problematic and typically “qualify” or make a child eligible to receive services. This means that a child scored low enough to require additional help. If 85 or higher, the child typically does not qualify or is not eligible for services due to scoring in what is considered an “age-appropriate range.”