Our Services

Our Services

Communication is a key ingredient for being successful and it is an important skill for sharing information and expressing feelings.  Therefore, any difficulty or abnormality  is a reason for concern.  The Speech-Mechanic offers consultation, coaching, evaluations, as well as treatment in any of the following areas that can impair communication: 

Language

Language is a complex system.  It involves speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  It is through language that most information is shared and learned.  When it is  developing and functioning  properly words and sentences can be used and understood.  Any disruption in the ability to put words together to communicate or  to understand different types of sentences, whether written or spoken, is a language impairment. 

Speech Sound Disorders

By age 8, most children can make all speech sounds, but some have speech sound disorders. This means they have trouble saying certain sounds and words past the expected age.  It makes the child's speech  hard to understand.  Speech sound disorders include articulation disorder and phonological process disorder. Articulation disorder is a problem with making certain sounds, such as "sh." Phonological process disorder is a pattern of sound mistakes, such as not pronouncing certain letters.  

Stuttering (Fluency)

The presence of  struggle and tension when trying to speak is usually a sign of stuttering. Stuttering can be very frustrating for the speaker and listener.  It can lead to reduced confidence and avoidance of social interactions.  Typically, speech-language pathologists use the following system to identify or describe stuttering: sound and syllable repetitions, phrase repititons, incomplete phrases, broken words, prolonged sounds, and physical struggles.

Literacy and  Comprehension

Literacy is traditionally  defined as the ability to read and write.   Both are language based skills that are negatively impacted by  impaired language and speech sound disorders.   Literacy also involves engaging with language to acquire and communicate meaning in all aspects of daily living. Children who experience early learning and comprehension difficulties  have the potential to remain poor readers and writers throughout their school years and beyond. 

Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia is a frustrating condition because a child may know what he or she wants to say; but when the child tries to say it, the sound and  words do not come out as intended.   Apraxia is a speech motor programming impairment that manifests as a difficulty in producing the sounds (articulation) and melody of speech.  It is not a disorder of the speech muscles themselves , nor is it a cognitive disorder or a speech/developmental delay.   

Bilingual Speech and Language Development/Disorders

Many children have the unique opportunity of being exposed to two languages at the same time between school and home. It is an experience that is different for each child. Because of those differences, these children can give the impression of having a speech-language impairment. To properly provide services to this population group, it is necessary to have a working knowledge about second language development and disorders.  Also, the specialist must be able to skillfully provide an unbiased assessment to accurately determine whether a difference or disorder is present.   

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301 McCullough Dr., Suite 422

Charlotte, NC 28262

(704) 909-2824