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Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy

Children with a speech impairment may struggle to communicate effectively with others, which may cause frustration and anxiety for both the child and their parents. This can also lead to social isolation and difficulties in school or other settings.

Our pediatric speech therapy services provide tailored and compassionate care to help children communicate confidently and connect meaningfully with the world around them.

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WHAT WE TREAT...

We support children with the following:

  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Receptive and expressive language disorders
  • Social pragmatic communication disorders
  •  Language-based learning disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental delays
  • AAC devices
  • Down syndrome
  • Genetic disorders

Speech Therapy

Articulation refers to the way a child produces speech sounds.  When a child has difficulty with articulation, they may have trouble pronouncing certain sounds correctly, which can make it hard for others to understand what they are saying.  For example, they may substitute one sound for another or leave out sounds altogether.

We can help by working with your child to identify the specific sounds they are having trouble with and teaching them how to produce those sounds correctly, as well as practicing the sounds in different words, phrases, sentences, and eventually, in conversation.

Improving articulation can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to communicate effectively and confidently, both at home and in social situations.

 

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Language Therapy

Language Therapy can help children with language difficulties to improve their communication skills, including difficulty with understanding language (receptive language) and/or expressing themselves through speech (expressive language).

During language therapy sessions, we will work with the child to identify their specific language challenges and develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs.  This may involve activities to build vocabulary, improve sentence structure, and practice using language in different contexts.

By improving their language skills, children can enhance their overall development and achieve greater sucess in school and other areas of life.

AAC

AAC stands for “Augmentative Communication.”  It refers to the different ways people can communicate when they have difficulty speaking or understanding language.

AAC can include a range of tools and techniques, such as sign language, pictures, symbols, electronic devices, and software programs.  These tools can help children with speech or language difficulties to express themselves and participate more fully in their daily activities.

AAC is not a replacement for speech, but rather a way to support and enhance communication.  It is important for parents to work closely with speech-language pathologists to determine which AAC tools and strategies are best suited to their child’s individual needs and abilities.

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Parent Coaching

Parent coaching in speech therapy is a technique that involves teaching parents strategies to support their child’s speech and language development at home.  In this approach, the speech-language pathologist works collaboratively with parents to help them become an active participant in their child’s therapy sessions.

During parent coaching sessions, the speech-language pathologist demonstrates strategies for facilitating communication and language development, such as modeling language, expanding on the child’s utterances, and using visual aids.  The parent is then coached on how to use these strategies in daily routines and activities, such as mealtime, playtime, and bedtime.

By involving parents in therapy and providing them with the tools and knowledge to support their child’s communication and language skills, parent coaching can have a significant impact on a child’s progress.  This approach also helps to increase parent confidence and involvement in their child’s therapy, leading to more positive outcomes.

Play-based Therapy

Play-based speech therapy uses play as a way to encourage and facilitate communication and language development in children.  It involves incorporating play activities into therapy sessions to create a fun and engaging environment that encourages the child to communicate and interact with the speech-language pathologist.

During play-based therapy, we may use to toys, games, and other play activities to target specific speech and language goals, such as vocabulary development, sentence structure, and social communication skills.  We may also use play activities to observe the child’s natural communication style and to identify areas that need further support.

Play-based therapy is a highly effective approach, as it allows children to learn and practice communication skills in a natural and enjoyable way.  It also helps to build positive relationships between the child and therapist, which can improve the child’s willingness to participate in therapy and to make progress in their speech and language development.

Parents can support their child’s progress by engaging in play-based activities at home and encourage their child to communicate and interact with them during playtime.  The speech-language pathologist can provide parents with ideas and strategies for incorporating play into daily routines and activities to support their child’s speech and language development.

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Benefits of working with us!

Customized Treatment

We develop treatment plans that are customized to your concerns and your child’s needs.

Individualized Attention

We provide personalized therapy with one-on-one attention.

Flexible
Scheduling

We offer flexible scheduling options for busy families.  Your child can be seen at their daycare, private school, home, or in our office.

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Hi!

I'm Audrey DeSpain!

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) licensed to practice in the state of Texas and a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  In 2007, I received my Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas A&M-Kingsville, and in 2013, a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University-Denton.  I have been providing speech therapy services in the Victoria area since 2007 in various settings including public schools, outpatient clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, nursing homes, and home health. 

It's easy to get started!

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CONSULTATION

Contact us to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone call to learn more about services and if they’re a great fit for you and your family.

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EVALUATION

Your child will participate in an assessment to determine their strengths, challenges, and goals.  We work closely with parents and caregivers to design a meaningful treatment plan.

*If your child has had a recent evaluation elsewhere, let us know.  We may be able to accept it and continue with treatment.

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TREATMENT

Immediately start a treatment program tailored to the needs of your child and family!  Treatment may be conducted in homes, private schools, daycares, and/or in-office.

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CONTACT US

Please feel free to contact us with any inquires, questions, or concerns you may have.  We are here to help and would love to speak with you about your child’s speech and language needs.  We can be reached anytime by email, phone, or using the contact form below.  

Phone: 361-433-5478

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Fax: 361-288-7200

Email: speechtherapy@audreydespainslp.com

1501 E. Mockingbird Ln Ste#235

Victoria, Tx 77904

*Available by appointment only

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