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Speech therapy

Building communication and growing confidence

Speech therapy session

It all starts with listening

Our families often tell us that when they came to Trestle seeking answers and treatment, they felt they had finally found a place where they were truly heard. We get it. We’ve been there and understand the frustrations. As ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists, we are experts at communication. As your Trestle family, we’re here to listen, and to guide and support you.

Signs & Symptoms

Turning challenges into triumphs

At Trestle, we treat children and adults with difficulties understanding language, following directions, paying attention, putting words together to express themselves, and producing clear speech so that others can understand their thoughts and needs. Our patients include those with decreased development of the muscles and motor patterns of the face and mouth who may struggle with eating, chewing, or swallowing. By identifying the root problems for each patient, we establish the course forward to empowering change.
Symptoms for children
Symptoms for adults
  • Mouth breathing
  • Low facial tone
  • Drooling
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Choking or gagging
  • Slow weight gain
  • Inability to breast or bottle feed
  • Feeding aversion
  • Reduced ability to tolerate a variety of foods
  • Developmental delays
  • Language delays
  • Reduced ability to play or interact with others
  • Decreased attention
  • Sensory breakdowns
  • Speech sound distortions
  • Stuttering
  • Difficulty with reading & comprehension

Possible diagnoses

Getting to the root of the symptoms

Most of our patients do not have a condition or diagnosis, but rather are struggling in certain areas where they need help. However, there are some conditions often associated with speech disorders. For children, these include laryngomalacia, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. Associated conditions for adults include stroke and Bell’s palsy.
Diagnoses for children
Diagnoses for adults
  • Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorder
  • Articulation disorder
  • Phonological disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Social and pragmatic language disorder
  • Fluency disorder
  • Aphasia
  • Autism
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Sensory disorders
  • Fluency disorders
  • Dysarthria
  • Reading comprehension
  • Dysphagia and swallowing disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders
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The supportive path forward

Our treatment plans are based on a hierarchy, and once a foundation is laid, we continually advance goals to target more complex skills. It’s a fluid and flexible process, working together to improve function and your overall quality of life. Parents frequently report that their kids feel more rested, perform better in school, and have fewer behavioral concerns.
Working together to reach and celebrate your achievements
Customized plan
1-on-1 sessions
Home assignments
Goals reached
Our feedback speaks volumes
“We highly recommend this clinic. All the therapists are great! My son has shown huge improvements since starting here.”
We know you’re looking for answers, and we’re here to help
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Frequently asked questions related to speech therapy

How does Trestle’s therapy differ from the services my child would get in school?

Schools’ primary focus in speech therapy is related to educational needs. We differ, as our therapy is more clinical in nature. If your child has challenges with chewing or swallowing foods, breathing, sleeping, or speaking, we can offer a different perspective and therapeutic training that can improve their overall functioning and quality of life. After our services, parents frequently report their kids feel better; are more rested; are less sick; perform better in school, as they are more alert and attentive; increase oral intake; eat more foods; are better understood by their peers and teachers, as their speech is clearer; and have fewer behavioral concerns.

Can you help adults resolve speech disorders?

There are many adults who haven’t found solutions to correcting a lisp or speech distortion. Trestle’s expertise can identify muscle and motor dysfunction, which may be the cause of the speech disorder. Then we can use our integrative techniques to retrain the tongue muscles and normalize the motor patterns of the tongue to improve speech clarity and eliminate distortion. It’s beautiful when we see our clients go into a job interview or business meeting, or present in public speaking events, with the confidence they deserve.

What contributes to conditions treated by speech therapy?

Airway disorders can affect overall development and exacerbate cognitive-linguistic challenges, including difficulty attending and participating in school and home routines, difficulty with emotional regulation, challenges with memory, and behavioral breakdowns.

Tethered oral tissues of the tongue and lips can negatively affect speech and swallowing. If there are speech or swallowing concerns, tongue- and lip-ties should be identified early on and ruled out as they can contribute to the causes of the speech and swallow disorders.

Do ear infections cause language or articulation problems?

Ear infections can be one of the main causes of a speech or language delay. We highly recommend completing hearing screenings with most of our patients early in the evaluation process to rule out hearing loss. If a child cannot hear sounds and words, or speech sounds distorted, they will likely have challenges learning language and have more communication breakdowns. Hearing screenings are non-invasive and very easy to complete. If a hearing loss is identified, intervention is necessary, and it should be treated as soon as possible.

Can speech pathology therapy help in other areas?

Speech therapy can also help through improving attention, memory, sequencing, and turn-taking, so your child can attend better in school and do better with transitions at home, effectively reducing breakdowns throughout the day.

Speech therapy can also increase their ability to put words together and produce clear sounds, so your child can communicate more efficiently with others, improving their self-esteem and confidence. Our goal at Trestle is to empower each child to independently express their thoughts and feelings.

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