Children's Health Specialties


Childhood Speech and Language Disorders

Childhood Speech and Language Disorders

Since 1972, the Beaumont Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders has helped thousands of children with speech and language impairments find their voices. Our highly trained Beaumont Children's Hospital speech and language therapists use advanced techniques to help children achieve maximum communication capability, functional capacity and social potential.

These dedicated therapists are clinically certified and state-licensed specialists in the area of childhood speech and language disorders. Beaumont's Speech and Language Pathology department is a recognized training center for physicians and graduate level students in the field.

Benefits of Speech and Language Treatment

We offer specialized speech and language therapy treatment for children from 12 months to 10 years old. The program includes:

  • individual treatment sessions focusing on intensive speech and language stimulation
  • group treatment sessions focusing on socialization skills, as well as carry-over of speech and language skills
  • direct parent education, including observation of treatment sessions so parents can learn techniques for use at home

Parent Involvement and Treatment Overview

Parents are an important part of the Beaumont Children's Hospital speech and language therapy program from the very start. The first step for new patients is a diagnostic evaluation completed by specialized speech and language pathologists. These therapists then share the standardized test results with the parents. Diagnostic impressions and recommendations are discussed with parents and an individualized treatment program is developed for each child based upon parental input and the severity of the communication disorder.

We offer individual speech and language disorder treatment sessions up to three times a week until the child achieves his or her treatment goals. Parent observation and education continue throughout the treatment program. Home programs are designed to enhance the child's progress outside the clinic environment. Specialized group programs help each child practice new skills in a group setting, building confidence and advancing the child toward his or her goals.

Childhood Speech and Language Conditions Treated

Speech and language pathologists treat many childhood speech disorders and related conditions, including:

  • Childhood speech and language delay/disorder - a communication disorder that results in developmental delays and difficulties in the ability to produce speech.
  • Developmental apraxia/dyspraxia of speech - a motor speech disorder that causes children to have difficulty coordinating oral motor movements necessary to produce and combine speech sounds to form syllables and words accurately.
  • Phonological process disorders - a regular pattern of certain word speech mistakes. These can be common in young children but may be a disorder if they persist past a certain age.
  • Autism spectrum disorders - a neurological and developmental disorder characterized by impairments in social communication.
  • Pragmatic disorders - these disorders effect the way the child uses communication both verbally and non-verbally. Pragmatic skills include conversational skills, body posture, facial expression and eye contact.
  • Cleft palate - occurs when the roof of the mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity.
  • Stuttering - a speech disorder in which the child repeats words or phrases, has poor pronunciation of words, leaves out words or sounds, and speaks some words that are hard to recognize. Normal developmental stuttering is normal under five years old. It may be a disorder if it continues as the child gets older.
  • Down syndrome - A disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21 and characterized by mental retardation and distinguishing physical features.
  • Orofacial myology - the study of the muscles and skeletal structures of the mouth and face that affect speech, swallowing and/or chewing. Disoders include tongue thrust and dental-occlusal defects.
  • Cochlear implant - a small electronic device implanted in the ear that can help a child with little to no hearing.
  • Traumatic brain injury - a brain injury caused by trauma
  • Neurological disorders resulting in speech, language and swallowing/feeding impairments

Treatment Scholarship Plan

The Treatment Scholarship Plan utilizes funds donated by Lions and Lioness clubs of Southeast Michigan to help local children obtain care through the Beaumont Children's Hospital Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders.  Families are approved based upon financial need as outlined by the Lion-Lioness Beaumont Advisory Board.  Partial coverage of treatment costs may be provided for up to one year.  In addition, a discount is offered to families who do not have speech as a covered health plan benefit.

Locations

Beaumont Health Center
4949 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248-655-5975
Fax: 248-655-5974

Beaumont Medical Center, West Bloomfield
6900 Orchard Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Phone: 248-855-4480
Fax: 248-855-4468

John A. and Marlene L. Boll Center for Human Development
Neighborhood Club, Second Floor
17150 Waterloo
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Phone: 313-473-4730
Fax: 313-473-4734

Beaumont speech therapy preschool program helps Hunter find his voice

Stacey and Craig Peiser started to notice that their then one-and-a-half-year-old son, Hunter, was having trouble expressing himself verbally. They decided to speak with Hunter's pediatrician. After an evaluation, Hunter was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.

Read Hunter's Story