What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Our speech-language pathologists are uniquely qualified professionals who diagnose, evaluate, and treat speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and feeding/swallowing disorders in patients from birth through 21 years of age. More specifically, we assist in the development of skills the child needs (i.e. problem solving, pragmatic skills, alternative forms of communication, oral motor and swallowing skills) to participate in everyday activities within the home, school and community.
To ensure long-term progress, our speech-language pathologists also work with the patient’s family to help them take a proactive part in their child’s success.
For more information on what Speech-Language Pathologists do, please click http://www.asha.org/
What do we do at The HSC Pediatric Center?
Areas of Involvement at The HSC Pediatric Center
Speech-Language Pathologists are involved in the following programs at The HSC Pediatric Center:
- Rehabilitation Program
- Medical Transitional Care Program
- Medically Complex Program
- Developmental/Extended Stay Program
- Outpatient Services
- Aquatic Therapy Services
- Assistive Technology Services
Is my child at risk?
There are many different reasons for a child to be delayed in his/her speech or the development of oral eating skills. As you evaluate the needs of your child, keep in mind that children develop speech, language, and feeding skills at different ages. Consult your child’s physician if any of the following patterns occur:
- Coughing or gagging when eating
- Struggling to understand child’s speech
- Refusing to eat certain foods or textures
- Not responding to sounds
- Experiencing abnormal weight gain/growth
- Struggling to follow directions
- Frequently spitting up or vomiting
- Not saying words by 18-24 months old
Referral Requirements for Outpatient Services
Referrals for speech-language services may be received from any source. However, a physician’s referral and authorization from the insurance provider is required for billing purposes. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s initial and subsequent visits.
All therapists have completed their Master’s degree from an accredited university. All of the Speech Pathologists are registered with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and are licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health.
All therapists have been granted or are working towards a Certificate of Clinical Competence as issued by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
District of Columbia Speech and Hearing Association
For more information or if you would like to refer your child for a speech, language, and/or feeding evaluation please contact our scheduling department at (202) 461-3701 or (202) 461-3702.