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What is pediatric speech language pathology?

Speech language pathology is an area of pediatric expertise where caregivers diagnose and treat communication disorders, including caring for profoundly deaf children.

We collaborate with other pediatric surgical and medical specialties, such as otolaryngology, and other services, such as audiology, to treat the overall communication needs of children. Nonverbal communications, such as reading and writing, are also emphasized.

Speech language pathologists are skilled in treating verbal communications disorders. They include issues that affect voice pitch, tone, and syntax—all elements of successful speech delivery.

Why should your child see a pediatric speech language pathologist at McLane Children’s Scott & White?

Pediatric speech language pathologists at the McLane Children’s collaborate closely with your child’s entire care team, including your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician, and any medical specialists involved in your child’s care at McLane Children’s.

They can offer services such as:

  • Evaluation and treatment of speech, voice, language, and oral motor disorders
  • Language therapy
  • Treatment for swallowing disorders
  • Rehabilitation of the larynx, also called the “voice box”

A family-centered approach is the cornerstone of our care at McLane Children’s, ensuring each child’s needs are met during the course of his or her care. Dignity, respect, and comfort are characteristics of the care we provide.

How can I get my child in to see a pediatric speech language pathologist?

Our specialists accept patients based upon physician referral. Physicians may call the Scott & White’s Physician Referral Network at 800-792-3368 or 254-724-2218 to refer a patient by phone.

If your child is a Scott & White Health Plan patient, you will be referred to a pediatric speech language pathologist if one of your child’s physicians believes a visit is necessary.

Some health plans may require a referral prior to seeing a pediatric speech language pathologist. You should contact your insurance company to learn about your child’s coverage.