“I’m at a loss for words.” It happens to us all, but for some patients, speech disorders can regularly interfere with their daily life.
“1 in 4 parents of U.S children ages 0-8 have had concerns about their child’s ability to communicate.”
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association & YouGov National Poll, Spring 2019

We often think about our hearing and our speech as two separate processes, and while different parts of the brain are responsible for carrying out these functions, they are also more closely linked than many people may realize. The team at Area Hearing and Speech Clinic is well-versed in working with patients who present a wide range of speech disorders and we can help you to create solutions for your child’s communication.

Assessment Of A Pediatric Speech And/Or Language Disorder

Children at any age can be affected by a speech disorder, and diagnosing a specific condition can sometimes be an involved process. When you visit our office, we’ll start with an audiologic assessment, a parent interview, and a standardized, comprehensive assessment that will allow us to examine your child’s symptoms and can help determine an accurate diagnosis. We may also collaborate with other practitioners, therapists, teachers, and caregivers who know your child well to gain a better understanding of your concerns and make the most suitable goals to improve his/her communication.

The treatments available for speech disorders are as varied as the conditions themselves, so depending on your specific diagnosis, we will discuss a range of solutions.

At Area Hearing and Speech Clinic we work with children and adults who struggle with the following disorders:

Articulation/ Phonological

From time to time we all struggle to find the right words, but with an articulation disorder, it’s regularly a challenge to pronounce certain words or sounds. When this interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with others, we’ll use a range of therapy techniques to help improve their ability to speak.


This disorder typically starts to affect people at a young age and can be a hurdle in both social and professional situations as an adult. Stuttering can include excess struggle in pronouncing certain words, the prolongation of some sounds, or repeating monosyllabic words within a sentence.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A condition that affects the brain’s ability to coordinate with the muscles in our mouths, apraxia can significantly hinder one’s ability to speak. In some instances sounds are very soft or are not heard at all when trying to communicate with others. Apraxia can affect a child’s developmental progress, so we encourage immediate treatment.

Receptive/Expressive Language

Receptive language is the ability to understand information, which involves understanding the words, sentences and meaning of what others say or what is read.
Expressive language is the ability to put thoughts into words and sentences that makes sense and is grammatically accurate.

Pragmatics (Social Disorders)

Pragmatics (social disorders) addresses conversational abilities including deixis, the taking of turns in conversation, text organization, presupposition, and implicature.

Myofunctional (Tongue Thrust)

Tongue thrust is an oral myofunctional disorder in which the tongue protrudes during swallowing, during speech, and while the tongue is at rest. Tongue thrust can cause problems with speech.

Testimonials on Ashley Neely, M.S. CCC-SLP

“She is an amazing therapist. Not just because she is more than qualified, but because she devotes her time and attention to her patients and builds a relationship with them that makes them feel like she believes in them, and in that environment, they can’t do anything but grow.”

– Lindy


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