Mountainside Speech therapy provides both evaluation and treatment for a variety of pediatric speech and language disorders, including reading disabilities and dyslexia.
Speech Sound Disorders
Characterized by difficulties producing the sounds in a language.
Children may struggle to articulate one or more sounds or have a pattern of sound errors, known as phonological processes or patterns. This makes it hard for others to understand them. They may say ‘tat’ for ‘cat’ or ‘wabbit’ for ‘rabbit.’ While some children outgrow these speech errors naturally, others will require professional speech therapy in order to say sounds properly.
Developmental Language Disorders
Characterized by deficits in the comprehension or expression of oral language.
Children may have a limited vocabulary or difficulty with grammar when speaking. A developmental language disorder may impact a child’s ability to appropriately express their wants/needs, engage in back and forth conversations, or follow directions. Academically, children may struggle to understand complex text or subtle nuances of meaning.
Reading Disabilities & Dyslexia
Characterized by difficulties with written language, including reading and writing.
Children with oral language deficits may find themselves struggling with reading comprehension in the school-age years. Others may have specific difficulties with basic reading or spelling only, which may fit the classification of dyslexia. Children may be classified with a learning disability. Building a solid foundation of skills in both oral and written language will support all children in both their academic and personal endeavors.
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The first step is to request a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose all areas of need, in order to design an individualized treatment plan, specifically for your child. Starting early and as soon as you have concerns will lead to the best results in speech or reading therapy.Request an Evaluation
Frequently Asked Questions
I primarily work with preschool to school-aged clients, but I am licensed to work with children and adults of any age.
I am not credentialed with any insurance companies, so I accept private pay only at this time. Many of my clients are receiving help with reading/writing, and unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover this kind of service. I will set you up with an account via a secure client portal, where you will be asked to enter your credit card for ease of payment.
I am located in Ogden, Utah, but I do not have a physical clinic or office. I offer services in your home or online via teletherapy appointments. If you are in the greater Ogden area, I can more easily come to you. If you are farther out, we can do the evaluation at your home and then set up virtual sessions for treatment after that.
I will offer to bring my assessment materials to your home to conduct the evaluation in a comfortable environment for your child. Depending on the needs of your child, there are several assessments I may administer. I may ask your child to answer questions, tell stories, say some words, etc. An evaluation can take anywhere from ~1-4 hours. For young children, we can take breaks and pause for lunch/snacks when needed.
Yes. I will write a detailed report with the evaluation results and recommendations for treatment. Within about one week of the evaluation appointment, I will contact you to schedule a time to go over the report via a virtual meeting. I will also send you a PDF of the report for your records.
I can discuss specific recommendations for treatment frequency with you when delivering the evaluation report, but in general, how often we meet will be up to you. Of course, there may be an over-saturation effect if we meet too often, but the more often we meet, the more skills we can address. Scheduling treatment sessions 2-3x/week may be best for some clients, but others may prefer just 1x/week, or even every other week. It’s largely up to you!
Yes, you can request treatment sessions in your home, if you live near Ogden, Utah. I may recommend that we start sessions in your home at first and then transition to online (teletherapy) sessions, once your child is comfortable with the initial strategies.
For each teletherapy session, you will be sent a link to join the virtual session via a secure Google Meet video conference. I have a doc camera and a web camera. I will likely be using both or switching between them. If you have access to a computer with a webcam, we can get started! Additionally, you may want to purchase a doc camera (or something like it), if your child is working on reading/writing skills, so that I can see your child’s paper.
A Speech-Language Pathologist, or SLP for short, is a licensed allied health professional. SLPs are licensed by their state and often have a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In order to receive their credentials, SLPs must have a minimum of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited university, including 400 hours of clinical experience, and a clinical fellowship following graduation, consisting of at least 1260 hours. Ongoing continuing education hours are required to maintain licensure.
Speech-Language Pathologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a variety of domains, including speech sound production, fluency/stuttering, language (spoken and written), cognition, voice, resonance, auditory habilitation/rehabilitation, feeding and swallowing, and augmentative and alternative communication. SLPs may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and private practice with patients of all ages across the lifespan, from development to rehabilitation. To learn more about the scope and practice of a Speech-Language Pathologist, view this page on the ASHA website.
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Services are offered in your home or online. I live in Weber County, but I am willing to travel a reasonable distance to other counties in Utah for initial evaluations. For distanced clients, online treatment sessions will be a necessity after the initial evaluation.
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat 8 AM – 8 PM by appointment