Speech Therapy

Finding the right words is hard enough for kids, but actually getting the words out can be a struggle for many children. Speech Therapy can help children with speech, language, voice, or fluency disorders, including communication delays and difficulties. Our therapists assess each client, and creates a play-based therapy plan that uses functional communication to support the client’s social and communication skills. The therapy may include alternative communication systems like sign language and visual schedules, with coaching for clients and families on how to use them. A speech therapist can also assist with infants and young children on feeding and swallowing difficulties. 

All therapy services are provided in an inclusive community setting at Kids Play Gym.  Children receiving services will utilize both the public gym space, as well as our private therapy areas.  All children that are receiving services will be granted free admission to the public gym space, either before or after their session with parental supervision.

Our Therapist

Sarah Beck
Speech Language Pathologist
Sarah attended Ball State University for her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She continued for her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. While on one of two internships, she developed her passion for working with children of all ages. During this internship, upon seeing a need and feeling she had an idea from which students could benefit, she used after-school time to develop and run a social skills workshop for teens. Communication is a broad and deeply-impacting portion of every person’s life. To have the opportunity to foster this skill to allow children to better interact with their world, is an amazing privilege and joy for which she is daily grateful!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is speech therapy important?

1 in 12 U.S. children ages 3-17 have had a disorder relating to voice, speech, language, or swallowing. Due to the fast pace of development and growth in early childhood, seeking therapy for any of these issues as early as possible increases the likelihood of a better outcome. Speech therapy can help children learn to better express themselves and keep up with their peers both socially and developmentally. Therapy for swallowing issues is also a very important aspect, as difficulty with eating can lead to malnutrition in children.

What does a speech therapist do?

Our speech therapists encourage clients to effectively use language in everyday life through one-on-one sessions, as well as through play-based learning. Therapists can also help build lingual skills through exercises that can strengthen the muscles of the mouth and throat to improve swallowing and/or pronunciation.

FUN FACT:

We use 50 pairs of muscles when swallowing food.