Speech / Language / Communication Disorders Evaluation and Treatment

Do you or your child have any of these communication disorders?

Language – difficulty understanding others or conveying thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Articulation – inability to produce speech sounds properly or easily; difficulties with voice or pronouncing sounds.

Apraxia – also called dyspraxia – difficulty communicating correctly and consistently; trouble putting sounds and syllables together in the correct order to form words; improper use of the varying rhythms, stresses, and inflections of speech that are used to help express meaning.

Voice – may include a variety of symptoms, such as:

  1. hoarseness
  2. breathiness
  3. a “rough” or “scratchy” voice
  4. harshness
  5. a “lump in the throat” sensation
  6. decreased pitch range
  7. voice and body fatigue
  8. inability to speak loudly

Fluency – variations in continuity, smoothness, rhythm, and/or effort of speech. E.g., stuttering, characterized by “tight” speech, where sounds and words get stuck or repeated.

Oral Motor – difficulty using facial muscles (mouth, jaw, tongue, lips) for speech or feeding. Symptoms include difficulty using a straw; excessive drooling; difficulty imitating oral movements; groping for or inconsistent production of sounds.

Myofunctional – exaggerated tongue movement during speech and/or swallowing; may cause difficulty in pronouncing certain sounds correctly, such as “thumb” instead of “some”.

Auditory Processing – difficulty hearing and understanding speech despite hearing sensitivity within normal limits.

JoAnn Ficca has worked one-on-one with hundreds of children and adults with these disorders to help improve not just their quality of speech, but also their quality of life.

Contact JoAnn for a consultation, and, if indicated, a formal evaluation and treatment plan.