EARS is an outreach service of Arkansas Children's designed to provide educational audiology/speech-language pathology for school districts, educational cooperatives, preschool programs and other educational settings in order to address the needs of students with hearing loss and other auditory disorder
The Speech-Language Pathology Department at Arkansas Children's provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of speech, cognitive-linguistic, and feeding/swallowing skills of children. Assistance is also provided in the area of reintegration into the home and school settings.
A child with a feeding/swallowing disorder, or dysphagia, may exhibit any of the following signs or symptoms: coughing/choking during oral intake, difficulty chewing, difficulty drinking from a bottle or cup, difficulty feeding from a spoon, failure to progress in an age-appropriate diet, and avoidance of certain textures of foods.
On the date of your Speech-Language Pathology appointment, you will check in as follows depending on which of our clinics you are visiting:
At Arkansas Children's, we value parent involvement and strive to provide the most naturalistic setting for our outpatient evaluations. We encourage the parents to accompany the child to the examination room to make the child feel more at ease.
During the speech/language evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will obtain background information including social, birth, medical and developmental history. Throughout the evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will observe the child's communication attempts informally, as well as administer standardized assessments to determine the child's current level of speech/language functioning. At the completion of the consultation, the speech-language pathologist will share impressions from the evaluation, assist in determining the appropriate plan of action, and provide education in home programming for your child's specific needs. Should your child exhibit the need for speech therapy services, the speech-language pathologist will assist in obtaining resources for initiating speech therapy services locally.
Following the evaluation, the parents can expect to receive a formal report which will include any background information obtained, results of standardized testing, statements regarding informal observations, impressions of the child's current level of communication functioning, and recommendations. The examiner's contact information will be included in the report should the family have any questions regarding the information included in the report or should any further concerns arise following the evaluation.
Our staff works to make children better today and healthier tomorrow.
Comprehensive speech-language evaluations may be obtained through the Outpatient Speech Pathology Department at Arkansas Children's. A variety of areas in communication are assessed including Language Development, Articulation, Apraxia of Speech, Stuttering, Dysarthria, and Voice/Resonance.
Voice disorders in children may significantly impair a child's speech intelligibility and negatively affect his ability to functionally communicate. A voice disorder occurs when the vocal cords do not function appropriately and cause the voice to have an unclear sound, sometimes described as "hoarse," "raspy," or "breathy."
Arkansas Children's recommends these website resources for children with speech development disorders.