Speech Therapy

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Helping Children of All Ages

Alta Pediatrics is a highly-rated speech therapy clinic located in Scotch Plains, NJ.  We specialize in treating children from 0-21, including babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers. Our expert staff brings years of experience in treating children for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delays, Infant Feeding, and Speech Delays.
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I'm so glad I found Kim when I did... she is great with my 4 year old daughter and I am seeing so much progress just within a couple months. Highly recommend!

KATIE S.

"Kim is top-notch, super patient and is so reassuring. She really gets to know kids and develop a relationship with them."

OLIVIA M.

The OT practitioner is flexible and accommodating with scheduling. She is responsive to our concerns and goals.


JASON S.

Developing skills. Enriching Abilities. Improving Behavior

Helping children reach their full potential

SPEECH

Speech is how we say words and make sounds. Speech includes articulation (how we make sounds with our tongue, mouth, and lips), fluency (how well our speech flows), and voice (how we use our breath and vocal folds to make sound like loud, soft, high or low pitched).

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE

Expressive lanague is the ability to combine words into phrases or sentences to communicate feelings, thoughts, needs, or wants. 



RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE

Receptive language is the ability to hear and process the information being received from others including responding to actions, following directions, or communicating and holding a conversation.

EATING/FEEDING

Feeding is the process of being aware of food to bringing that food to the mouth. Eating is the process of actually chewing the food. Sometimes, there may be difficulties in these areas that Speech Therapists can evaluate and treat.

SWALLOWING

There are four phases of swallowing from chewing while food is in the mouth to the food moving down the esophagus. There may be difficulties along any of these phases, causing problems with eating and nutrition.

COMMUNICATION

Communication involves understanding and expressing through speech, movements, gestures, AAC, or other methods. We use communication functionally to express our needs, wants, and desires socially.

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About Speech Therapy

What is speech therapy?

Pediatric speech therapy addresses kiddos and development. Typically, kiddos are seen for developmental conditions and the approach is considered habilitative, which is the development of skills and function that they otherwise would have had a difficult time or been unable to develop without services. Pediatric SLP addresses speech such as articulation, fluency, and voice, language such as expressive and receptive language, communication, feeding/eating, and swallowing.

How can speech therapists help ?

Pediatric speech therapists help address kiddos development. They evaluate and assess whether a child is at a developmentally appropriate level in all areas of speech, language, communication, and sometimes eating, feeding, and swallowing. If there are any developmental delays or deficits, the SLP will plan and implement interventions to address family and child focused goals to ensure they continue to progress in their development and can communicate their needs, wants, and socially throughout their lives.

Does my child need speech therapy?

If you are asking this question, it is best to get an informal screening or initial evaluation for your child to determine a formal need for speech therapy. If you feel your child is not meeting developmental milestones, having difficulties with their speech, language, communication, eating, feeding, or swallowing then speech therapy can help address these concerns. There are many underlying reasons a child has difficulty with these areas or reaching developmental milestones and a speech therapist can help assess these areas and provide interventions to improve function and overall development.

How does speech therapy help autism?

Those who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, often receiving services from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and applied behavior analysis. It is important for these service providers to coordinate treatment plans and goals and provide an interdisciplinary approach to ensure the best treatment outcomes and goal attainment. Speech therapy, in particular, helps those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with speech such as fluency and articulation, expressive and receptive language skills, functional social communication with others, decreasing echolalia and scripting, and addressing any eating and feeding goals as well. Speech therapists work with both those with an ASD diagnosis and their parents or families to determine goals, provide strategies or activities to continue at home, and communicate with other service providers to ensure goal alignment.
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1801 East 2nd Street Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

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