The Speech and Hearing Center provides speech-language pathology and audiology services for children from birth to age 18

Our mission is to provide individualized treatment to encourage each child to reach their full potential. Our speech pathologists are clinical experts in working with children who have difficulty producing or comprehending language, modulating their voice, communicating in social situations, hearing, coordinating oral muscles, or feeding and swallowing. Our philosophy emphasizes the importance of early identification as well as family involvement to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families. We encourage family involvement through education and home practice.

The process of diagnosis may include:

  • Standardized speech and language evaluations
  • Voice evaluations
  • Feeding evaluations
  • Modified Barium Swallow studies
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing
  • Complete audiological evaluations
  • Central Auditory Processing evaluations

Contact the Speech and Hearing Center if you think your child may have speech, hearing, eating or swallowing problems.

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Children with speech-language and feeding difficulties receive support at Phelps

The Speech & Hearing Center is an approved Early Intervention Program (EIP) service provider, which receives New York State funding to conduct audiological assessments and facility-based speech and language therapy for children under age three who may have developmental delays or disabilities. To find out if your child qualifies for the EIP program, call (914) 813-5094.

Through individual treatment sessions, we help children achieve functional communication and feeding skills

Once the nature of the delay is identified, our speech-language pathologists will develop individual, customized therapy sessions to foster skill development in areas of weakness.

Our speech-language pathologists provide the following types of therapy:

Receptive and Expressive Language—understanding what is said or written, and the ability to communicate wants and needs

Pragmatic Language—use of appropriate communication in social situations

Voice Therapy—focuses on pitch, loudness, rate, and quality of the voice

Auditory Processing—decoding and remembering language presented verbally, in the absence of a hearing delay

Feeding Therapy—the ability to produce adequate sucking, chewing, and lingual movements for breast and bottle feeding, as well as transitioning to solid foods

Articulation/motor speech—the ability to combine sounds and words to produce intelligible speech

PROMPT Therapy—PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders).

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Meet Desi, a toddler who came out of his shell after working with a Phelps speech pathologist.

Desi’s story