Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you select the name Speech-Mechanic?
We view the of the speech-language system as a complex mechanism. All of its activities begin in the brain the moment a person has something to say. With impeccable timing and coordination, it engages nearly a hundred different muscles in the chest, neck, jaw, tongue, and lips to work together to produce precise, yet distinct sounds. We refer to this as the mechanics of spoken language. When this mechanism is not working properly, like a mechanic, we have tools at our disposal to diagnosis and treat. It seemed cool, catchy, and fitting.
What population of children do you serve?
Our specialty is the school age-population, 5 to 21 years of age. We do a lot of work with teenage or adolescent students because so many of them seem to fall through the cracks. Adult clients are most certainly welcomed as well.
What if my home is not suitable for therapy sessions, do you have an alternative location or option?
We work with the family members. The Speech-Mechanic has an office that is conveniently located in the University Area off of I-85. Therapy through telecommunication or tele-therapy is also an available option. In addition, treatment can be provided anywhere else the family prefers, be it the park, library, or after school daycare.
Can family members or caregivers participate in treatment sessions?
Most certainly. The Speech-Mechanic is a certified parent coach. We believe in the Hanen philosophy of family training. Therefore, family members are strongly encouraged to participate in therapy sessions. It's good for accountability and gives everyone ownership in the process. Continuous education on all techniques and methods are provided. This is key for building carryover from the session to the natural environment when the therapist is not present.
Do you do group therapy sessions?
Yes, group therapy sessions are provided. For a group session to work, the children in the group would have to be in a similar age range and have the same type of speech of language disorder in common.
Do you offer services on Saturdays.
Yes services are offered on Saturdays. There are limited appointments available on Saturdays. If interested, talk to the clinician about it.