Speech & Language Therapy

Speech language therapy and assessment can help children struggling with oral motor/feeding, articulation, receptive/expressive language, stuttering, and pragmatic language difficulties.

Our speech language therapy services in Nashville are here to help.

Speech-language therapy, also known as speech therapy or speech-language pathology, is a type of therapy that is designed to help individuals who have difficulty with communication or swallowing. It focuses on improving speech, language, and communication skills, as well as enhancing the ability to swallow safely and effectively.

Our speech-language therapy team in Nashville can help children and adolescents struggling with articulation, receptive/expressive language, stuttering, and pragmatic language difficulties.

What to Expect

Speech/Language Services at NCFWC

Articulation (Speech Sound) Assessment & Treatment

A speech-language pathologist uses an articulation assessment to determine a patient's capacity to correctly produce speech sounds. This assessment is for people who have trouble saying words or sounds, which might make it harder for them to communicate, such as a child who has trouble being understood by all family members or school personnel. (See normal developmental speech guidelines).

The speech-language pathologist will first gather information about the child's speech and language history as well as any other pertinent medical or developmental history before beginning an articulation assessment. In order to get an initial sense of the child's articulation abilities, they may also ask the child to utter particular words or sounds.

The individual's ability to produce various speech sounds, both in isolation and in words and sentences, will typically be evaluated through a series of standardized tests or tasks. For instance, the individual might be approached to deliver the "s" sound in various settings, for example, toward the start of a word, in a word, or at the end of a word.

After the evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will create a treatment plan that is custom-made to the child's particular necessities and goals. Treatment might include various methods and techniques, for example, articulation exercises, visual and auditory feedback, or the utilization of assistive technology to help with speech production.

In general, an articulation assessment is a useful tool for determining the presence of speech sound disorders and addressing them. It can also assist individuals in improving their capacity for effective communication. 

Receptive/Expressive Language Assessment/Treatment

A speech-language pathologist uses a type of assessment called a receptive/expressive language assessment to figure out how well a person understands and uses language. This type of assessment is usually for people who have trouble understanding or making sense of language, which can make it hard for them to communicate well. This assessment is often done for the child that has difficulty understanding directions or information told to them orally. The assessment would also include children that are "not speaking much," or described by parents as "very quiet." 

The speech-language pathologist will first gather information about the child's language history as well as any other relevant medical or developmental history before beginning a receptive/expressive language assessment. They might also observe the child's interactions with other people and ask them to complete a variety of tasks related to language.

The child's ability to comprehend and produce language at various levels, such as words, sentences, and speech levels, will typically be evaluated through a series of standardized tests or tasks. The individual might be asked, for instance, to retell a story or respond to questions about a passage they have read or heard while also pointing to pictures that correspond to particular words or phrases.

The speech-language pathologist will then create a custom treatment plan that may include language-based exercises, the use of visual aids, and strategies to improve social interaction and communication.

Fluency (Stuttering) Assessment & Treatment

This assessment is for a child that has disturbance in their fluency that interferes with social communication and the development of complex language. Everyone has dysfluent speech. The average disfluent child occasionally repeats syllables once or twice. A child with true dysfluent speech repeats sounds more than twice. The pitch of the voice changes and the child experiences a "block" where no airflow or voice is present for a couple seconds.  

During a fluency/stuttering assessment, the speech-language pathologist will first collect information about the child's speech and language history, as well as any other relevant medical or developmental history. They may also ask the individual to speak in a variety of contexts, such as in conversation or when reading aloud.

The assessment will typically involve a variety of standardized tests or tasks that are designed to evaluate the individual's fluency of speech and the presence of any speech disruptions or disfluencies. For example, the individual may be asked to read a passage or speak about a specific topic while the speech-language pathologist records and analyzes their speech.

Based on the results of the assessment, treatment may involve a variety of techniques and strategies, such as breathing exercises, speech rate control, stuttering modification techniques, and strategies to reduce anxiety and improve communication confidence.

Pragmatic Language Assessment & Treatment

The pragmatic area of language has to do with how language is used in actual conversations, discussions, or messages. Pragmatics includes the organization of the message, the appropriateness of the information, and changes in the style according to partners and situations. (i.e., tone of voice, eye contact, social language). A pragmatic language assessment may include standardized tests and tasks designed to evaluate a child's ability to use language in a socially appropriate and effective manner. Treatment may include social skills training, use of visual aids, and role-playing scenarios to improve social communication and interaction.

Executive Functioning Coaching

What is Executive Functioning?

Executive functioning encompasses a myriad of skills, primarily in the receptive and expressive language arena, many to function in everyday life. This includes categories such as memory, planning, following multi-step directives, impulse control, self-awareness, staying focused and execution of tasks. 


What does support for EF look like?
An executive functioning intake is initially given to the individual. This includes pertinent case history, the individual’s desires to improve executive functioning skills, parental interview when warranted and structured assessment given to the individual. Then a formal written report is made and goals are constructed and implemented. Recommendations for frequency and duration of sessions are given at the time of report review. The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) implements treatment goals and gives the individual tools to improve EF skill weaknesses in order to improve function in everyday life and or in the academic setting.

Meet our speech therapist at Nashville Child & Family Wellness Center.

Meet Stefanie Murphy, M.S.,  CCC-SLP, our licensed speech pathologist at NCFWC.

Speech/Language Pathologist
Offers Speech/Language Assessments, Speech/Language Therapy, & Executive Function Coaching


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