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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Pediatric speech therapy involves the use of games and other learning activities to help kids improve their speech, language and communication skills. Speech therapy specifically focuses on the evaluation and treatment of difficulties with understanding and using language, producing speech sounds and swallowing and eating.  

The pediatric speech therapists at HSS are dedicated to helping each infant, child or young adult achieve functional independence at home, at school and in their communities. They maintain specialized training and advanced certifications unique to the speech rehabilitation needs of children and young adults from birth to age 21.  

Speech therapy services for kids are offered at the HSS Pediatric Rehabilitation and Young Athlete Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  

Who We Treat  

Our speech-language pathologists have expertise in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders and delays in language, speech sound production and feeding. The team holds advanced training and certifications in the assessment and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, PROMPT, sensorimotor feeding deficits, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 

Children can receive care from one of our therapists even if they have not been seen by a physician at HSS. Those 17 years old and under will need a prescription from a doctor or nurse practitioner.  

We provide speech therapy services for the following conditions:  

  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) 
  • Auditory processing disorders 
  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Childhood apraxia of speech 
  • Developmental delay
  • Developmental dyspraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteral feeding (NG-tube, G-tube) 
  • Genetic disorders 
  • Hearing impairment 
  • Hypotonia 
  • Language disorders 
  • Phonological disorder 
  • Sensorimotor feeding disorders 
  • Sensory processing disorder 
  • Social cognitive language impairment 
  • Speech sound disorders 
  • Stuttering 
  • Tethered oral ties 
  • Tracheostomy  

Specialized treatment and services 

Our speech-language pathologists use many different approaches to help children improve how they speak, eat and use language. Our speech-language pathologists use their clinical expertise to implement individualized treatment and techniques.  

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Dynamic tactile temporal cueing (DTTC)
  • Hanen approach to early language development
  • Lidcombe program for stuttering
  • Listen Love Learn for auditory processing disorders
  • Passy Muir Speaking Valve
  • Prompts for restructuring oral muscular phonetic target (PROMPT)
  • Sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach to feeding
  • Speech systems intelligibility treatment (SSIT)
  • Supporting oral feeding in fragile infants (SOFFI)


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