Speech Therapy

All kids speak gibberish early, but as they grow older their vocabulary should expand. Speech and language pathologists focus on development of oral motor, speech, language and communication abilities. Speech Therapy also includes auditory processing and social skills.

An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand what your child is saying. Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound, saying "wabbit" for "rabbit", or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana". The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.

Do you find that mealtimes are the hardest time of day? It can be scary when your child is having trouble eating or drinking. Let us help! Our speech language pathologists (SLP) team up with you to create a specialized plan that works with your child. In addition to various language and communication disorders, we cover feeding and swallowing problems that range across all ages and skill levels for children - backed by a name you can trust.

What to expect:
Being prepared for your child's evaluation by a skilled SLP can help ease your mind and allow you to steer your way through the process smoothly. A full history of your child's development, including information regarding prematurity and developmental delays will be discussed. Your therapist will then gently assess your child's oral skills and will go over their results and recommendations with you.

To get started, contact your physician or click on one of the links below!

Preparing for your visit

  • We strongly recommend that you check with insurance plan for benefits of home health rehab services.
  • Bring recent discharge paperwork, medication lists and physician instructions ready to share with the therapist.
  • Make a list of questions or concerns to ask when therapist arrives.
  • Prepare a comfortable place for the assessment to take place (clean area on the living room floor or kitchen table).
  • Patient should be dressed in loose comfortable clothing.
  • Parent or primary caregiver should be present during evaluation to answer questions and help make the child comfortable.
  • The therapist conducting the admission will assess home safety and address emergency preparedness strategies with the family.

Education and resources

Contact Cook Children's Home Health

Physicians and referral sources, please contact your local Cook Children's Home Health office or call 1-800-747-8242.

If you or your office would like to meet with a representative, please contact your local physician liaison.

Referrals may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, an answering service will connect referring physicians or clinicians to the on-call nurse

If your child has a supply, equipment or nursing need, please contact your child's physician for a referral to Cook Children's Home Health.

If you have general questions about our services and locations, please contact your local Cook Children's Home Health office or call 1-800-747-8242.