Speech Pathology Department

    The Speech Language Pathology Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides expert services in a variety of communication disorders including: articulation delay/disorders, language delay/disorders, aphasia, apraxia, speech disorders related to cleft lip and palate, speech disorders related to velopharyngeal insufficiency, dysarthria, dysfluency (stuttering), voice disorders, hearing impairment, cochlear implants, auditory processing disorders, placement/assistance with the Passy-Muir speaking valve in patients with tracheostomy, hearing loss, oral motor and feeding disorders, and dysphagia.

    Speech-language pathologists at Arkansas Children's Hospital are available for consultation for neonates to adults on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. Information concerning speech-language pathology services available throughout the state is also provided. In-services on any of the above topics can be arranged for medical staff, parents or interested community members.

    Our mission in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at ACH is to provide comprehensive diagnosis and intervention for the children of Arkansas and the surrounding states. Our main goals include early identification and initiation of appropriate intervention, and most importantly, family involvement and empowerment.

    What is a speech-language pathologist?

    Speech-language pathologists are professionals trained in the evaluation and treatment of communication and oral motor/feeding/swallowing disorders. All staff members at Arkansas Children's Hospital specialize in pediatrics, and many staff members have particular expertise in one or more other specialty areas.

    Speech pathology staff members have either a master's degree or Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license from the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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