Speech Pathology Services
The Speech Language Pathology Department at Arkansas Children's Hospital provides comprehensive assessments in a variety of areas of communication and feeding/swallowing disorders and offers the following:
Developmental Care in the NICU
Premature infants and sick full term infants, who require a lengthy stay in the hospital, are at an increased risk for developmental delays. Early therapeutic services can be initiated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting to prevent delays, serve as an effort to minimize deficits, and to provide parent and caregiver training and education.
Speech-Language Pathologists in the NICU help infants with:
- reduced opportunities for interaction & communication
- decreased ability to tolerate interaction
- decreased level of alertness and decreased responses to interactions
- feeding difficulties especially those associated with cleft lip/palate or other craniofacial anomaly
- oral stimulation/oral motor activities especially those associated with cleft lip/palate or other craniofacial anomaly
Speech-language pathologists in the NICU also serve as resources to parents, caregivers and other healthcare providers by offering ongoing training and education.
A physician referral is required for a child to receive speech therapy services in the NICU. Therapy is tailored to meet each child's specific needs and may not be the same as another child's therapy requirements.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
Arkansas Children's Hospital is fortunate to have acute rehabilitation services, which provides opportunities for more intensive therapy services prior to discharge from the hospital. The speech-language pathologist is part of an inpatient rehabilitation team, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and child life specialists. The family is valued as an integral part of this team, and is encouraged to attend weekly team meetings to discuss updates on the patient regarding progress in therapies, expected time of discharge from the hospital, and any specific needs following discharge.
The Speech Language Pathology Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of speech, cognitive-linguistic, and feeding/swallowing skills of children following brain injury. Assistance is also provided in the area of reintegration into the home and school settings. Detailed discharge summaries are provided, including a list of recommendations for improving success in the community and school environments.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
The Speech Language Pathology Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of speech, cognitive-linguistic, and feeding/swallowing skills of children. Assistance is also provided in the area of reintegration into the home and school settings.
Your child may benefit from an outpatient speech evaluation if he exhibits difficulty in any of the following areas: