Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

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Speech Therapist Kayla Berryman

Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy -

Nashua, Parkersburg and Waverly Clinics

The Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist helps children learn to successfully communicate their wants, needs, and medical information across a variety of environments. Our speech therapist treats a variety of diagnoses, including, developmental delays, oral/facial anomalies, genetic disorders, neurological dysfunction, and specializes in treatment for those with hearing loss and cochlear implants.  As a Speech Therapist focused on kids' needs and learning styles, Kayla has worked with infants and children to improve:

  • Verbal Speech Skills - learning to properly say sounds to be more easily understood by others.
  • Language Comprehension and Expression
  • Feeding and Swallowing problems
  • Non-Verbal Language and Social Skills
  • Attention, Memory, Abstract Reasoning, Awareness and Executive Functions
  • Voice/Resonance
  • Enhancing Fluency
  • Alternative Methods of Communication and Devices
  • Cochlear Implants and Auditory Rehabilitation

Physical Therapist Kristen Kahler

Indicators for Pediatric Speech Therapy

Under 18 Months

  • No big smile or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months
  • No babbling by 12 months 
  • Is not using words by 16 months

By 18 Months

  • Does not use at least 8-10 meaningful words
  • Does not follow simple commands like:  "Come here" or "Stop" or "Touch your nose"

By Age 2 

  • No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating)
  • Speech is not at least 50% understandable
  • Cannot point to pictures of items in books when asked

By Age 3

  • Is not using 3 or 4 word sentences
  • Speech is not at least 75% or more understandable
  • Child is leaving beginning or ends off of most words

By Age 4 to 5

  • Is not 100% understandable to strangers despite age appropriate articulation errors (many not be able to say: r, sh, ch, I, or th)
  • Is not consistently using 4+ word, complex sentences 
  • Cannot follow simple 2-step directions

Overall Warning Sings

  • ANY loss of speech or babbling or social skills at ANY age
  • Never gestures or imitates
  • Does not appear to understand speech, or appears to be unable to hear
  • Never develops words beyond repeating others over and over

Physical Therapist Kristen Kahler

Pediatric Support Group - Waverly Clinic

This support group provides a place for families of children with varying levels of specialized health care needs to meet, learn, support, share and grow together. The goal is to provide a safe and open-minded environment where families feel comfortable to share their successes and disappointments.

Our meetings range from an open discussion format to having guest presenters in to discuss their areas of expertise in the care of children with special needs.

Anyone who is a family member or a care provider for a child with special health care needs is welcome.

For more information, call (319) 352-5644 and ask for Kayla or Kristin.

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Support Group Meetings

Location: Tendrils Rooftop Garden at Waverly Health Center

Time: Meetings take place on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm

Dates: February 4th 2020, May 5th 2020, August 4th 2020, November 3rd 2020.

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