Serenity Pediatric Therapies
Speech, Language, Feeding, Swallowing
Welcome to our clinic! Whether your child needs Speech, Language, Feeding, or Swallowing Therapy, we are here to help! Please contact us for more information! We are family owned and are excited to help your family unlock your child's potential!
What We Offer:
-INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: We see children at the clinic for individual, one-on-one therapy in the areas of Speech, Language, Feeding, and Swallowing. We accept private pay, Medicaid, and several commercial insurances!
-CONSULTATION WITH FAMILIES: We see families for consultative services on a biweekly or monthly basis to give them ideas and materials for their use to facilitate their child's Speech, Language, and/or Feeding skills. Good candidates for consultative services would be: those who are self motivated to work with their child daily; those whose insurance does not cover pediatric outpatient therapies; those who have exhausted their allowed insurance benefits; those who live further away and can't make it on a weekly basis; homeschooling families.
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Get to know the Therapist
Michelle Layman, MA, CCC-SLP
Michelle Layman, MA, CCC-SLP has been a certified Speech/Language Pathologist for 23 years. 22 of those years have been with the pediatric population. Michelle has worked with First Steps, Public Schools, Hospitals, and Outpatient Clinics. She adores children and loves working with families. It is important to Michelle that caregivers are a part of their child's therapy and know what their child is learning. Having been a foster parent, an adoptive parent, a parent to 6 children, and a special needs parent, Michelle is able to pull from her experiences to better help families unlock their child's potential! She looks forward to working with you!
The first step is an evaluation! Serenity Pediatric Therapies will help you determine the areas in which your child needs evaluated. We will help you every step of the way and are always here to answer any questions you might have!
Ongoing Individual Therapy
If you’re looking for quality Speech, Language, Feeding and/or Swallowing Therapies, then Serenity Pediatric Therapies is the Speech and Language Clinic for you. Are you unsure if your child would benefit from therapy? Do you know your child would benefit from therapy but have been putting it off? Don't delay any longer, we are here to help with immediate openings!
What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
By Susie S. Loraine, M.A., CCC-SLP
A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech or language. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, the terms actually have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/ she struggles with the “how-to” of talking—the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.
An SLP also evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty swallowing food or liquid. An SLP will help identify what part of the swallowing process is making it difficult for your child to eat (e.g., chewing, manipulating food with the tongue, coordinating mouth and throat structures and muscles, breathing appropriately while eating).
Below is a list of common speech and language disorders with a brief explanation of each.
• Articulation - the way we say our speech sounds
• Phonology - the speech patterns we use
• Apraxia - difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds
• Fluency - stuttering
• Voice - problems with the way the voice sounds, such as hoarseness
• Receptive Language - difficulty understanding language
• Expressive Language - difficulty using language
• Pragmatic Language - social communication; the way we speak to each other
• Deafness/Hearing Loss - loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems
• Oral-Motor Disorders - weak tongue and/or lip muscles
• Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - difficulty chewing and/or swallowing