Speech therapists treat a variety of communication and feeding issues. They specialize in the treatment of speech issues including articulation disorders, phonological disorders, oral-motor deficits, and apraxia that may impact a child’s ability to pronounce words. Speech Therapists also address deficits in receptive and expressive language.

Receptive language is the ability to comprehend someone else’s speech or gestures. Problems with receptive language may include difficulty understanding vocabulary, concepts, sequences, directions, and conversations. Expressive language is the ability to create a message that others will understand. A child who has difficulty expressing him or herself may be taught a variety of communication modes such as speech, manual signs, gestures, pictures, facial expressions, or communication devices. The speech therapist will evaluate which mode is most effective for the child.


Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP's) at DPK provide services addressing:
  • Early intervention
  • Receptive and expressive language delays
  • Autism and social-pragmatic disorders
  • School-age articulation disorders
  • Fluency/stuttering disorders
  • The PROMPT Program
  • DIR/Floortime