FAQ's

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.

 

What is the worse case scenario if i do not choose speech therapy for my young child?

Speech and language disorders affect children of all ages.  They negatively alter the way they talk, understand, analyze or process information.  The clarity of their speech sounds, voice quality, and fluency of spoken sentences are also impacted.  A speech language disorder can be persistent; even after early intervention efforts have been tried.  The result is a frustrated child with weakened confidence.  If not treated properly, the disorder and the negative feelings can linger into their teenage years. 

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301 McCullough Dr., Suite 422

Charlotte, NC 28262

(704) 909-2824