Pediatric Services

Lake Regional Speech Therapy is located on the second floor of Lake Regional Hospital at 54 Hospital Drive; Osage Beach, Mo.  Business hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Inpatient and outpatient services are available. For more information, email klee@lakeregional.com or call (573) 302-2236. 


 

Children who receive early services are less likely to fall behind developmentally, academically, and socially.

Pediatric services cover the ages of birth to 17 years. Early intervention for speech/language impairment is essential for preventing or managing delays in communication or swallowing development that can be due to the effects of Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, congenital or acquired brain injury, stroke, and other developmental diagnoses.

 

Lake Regional’s speech therapy department offers procedures and treatments that are individualized to meet the needs of each child. Our therapists also work to assist parents/caregivers in transitioning school-based services when appropriate.

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ARTICULATION OR MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS I AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER I GENERAL OR SPECIFIC LANGUAGE DELAYS I SWALLOWING AND FEEDING DIFFICULTIES I VOICE IMPAIRMENT


SPEECH LANGUAGE

  • Speech is difficult to understand
  • Does not babble, no words by 12 months
  • No two-word phrases by 20 months
  • Difficulty understanding directions or simple questions (may repeat all or part of question or repeat “what”?)
  • Stuttering or dysfluent speech to include “blocking” (getting “stuck” on words) or repeating part of a word; may be accompanied by physical struggle behaviors
  • Hoarse voice quality; exhibits signs of vocal abuse (i.e. yelling, screaming, noisemaking, loud voice, growling)


FEEDING/SWALLOWING/ORAL MOTOR

  • Weak, uncoordinated or ineffective suck
  • Uncoordinated rhythm of suck-swallow-breathe; may struggle, arch, infrequently pause to breathe, or exhibit increased tone
  • Frequent coughing, choking or gasping for air
  • Loses food or liquid while eating/drinking
  • Difficulty transitioning to new food consistencies
  • Excessive drooling
  • Picky eater (refusing to eat specific food tastes or textures; choosing to eat only certain foods)
  • Hypersensitive oral area (dislikes tooth-brushing, face-washing or food consistencies)