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ADULT & PEDIATRIC SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Our office is pleased to offer evaluations and treatment for both children and adults.  Our speech-language pathologists hold a Master’s Degree and are licensed to practice by the State of North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

ADULT SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES

Our adult speech-language pathologist treats patients with the following problems:

  • Hoarseness related to allergies, reflux, and vocal fatigue and discomfort with voice use
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Vocal cord nodules and polyps/cysts
  • Vocal cord atrophy or presbylarynges
  • Vocal cord paresis/paralysis
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Dysfunction (PVFD)
  • Chronic cough and throat clearing
  • She also offers vocal rehabilitation after head & neck cancer & FEES and dysphagia therapy if appropriate for the out-patient setting

Haley is passionate about helping her adult and geriatric patients improve their voice using evidence-based practices in her evaluations and therapy sessions.  While in graduate school, she completed research on voice disorders and has received training in FEES and myofascial release for neck/jaw tension from ARK-J.

Haley treats patients at our Anderson Drive office Mondays-Thursdays.

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU MAY HAVE A VOICE PROBLEM?

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you should see one voice specialist:

  • Hoarseness after talking for long periods of time or in noisy situations.
  • Your voice is breathy, lower or higher pitched, and/or has breaks in pitch.
  • Difficulty projecting
  • Loss of voice or vocal fatigue with persistent hoarseness
  • A lump in the throat
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Reduced range in the singing voice
  • Pain or soreness in the neck or shortness of breath
  • Inability to do things with your voice that you were once able to do

Click below to view information about Voice Therapy: 

 

PEDIATRIC SPEECH  PATHOLOGY SERVICES

Our pediatric speech-language pathologist treats children with communication needs, including:

  • Articulation and Phonology delays and disorders
  • Expressive & Receptive language delays and disorders
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Preschool-age stuttering
  • Voice problems due to vocal nodules and/or over use or misuse of their voice

Jennifer has over 25 years of experience working with children diagnosed with speech and language disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech, and children with social communication disorders and diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum.  She uses a child-centered and play-based approach in her work with children and evidence-based evaluations and therapy methods.  She is passionate in working with her patients and their parents to help them meet their communication and developmental potential.

Jennifer works with patients at the Lake Boone Trail and Garner offices.

SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE AN ARTICULATION DELAY OR DISORDER

  • Your child is omitting sounds or syllables in their words
  • Your child is substituting sounds, such as t/k and d/g
  • Your child has difficulty with imitation of sounds and words
  • Your child is difficult to understand by family and friends

SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE A RECEPTIVE OR EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DELAY OR DISORDER

  • Your child has difficulty following directions or understanding what others are saying
  • Your child has lags in receptive vocabulary
  • Your child has difficulty understanding age appropriate concepts
  • Your child’s expressive vocabulary is below age level
  • Your child has difficulty using correct grammatical skills such as correct verb tenses, plurals, helping verbs, prepositions, and pronouns
  • Your child has difficulty choosing the correct word to complete an utterance

SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE DIFFICULTIES WITH PRAGMATIC LANGUAGE

  • Your child may not look at their partner’s face
  • Your child may have difficulty initiating and maintaining a topic
  • Your child may not be aware of the listener or the listener’s need to understand their message
  • Your child may be unable to engage in any level of conversation
  • Your child may have difficulties with conversational turn-taking

Click below to see Pediatric Developmental Milestones and Stuttering Warning Signs: