What is Speech Therapy?
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) help people of all ages in the areas of communication and swallowing. Here at ETCH, we serve the pediatric population starting at one day old to 21 years of age. We also strive to work closely with parents and caregivers to better support our patients and their needs.
What populations do we serve?
Speech-Language Pathologists treat children with a variety of diagnosis and communication difficulties, including: developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, oral aversion, feeding difficulties, neonatal abstinence syndrome, down syndrome, and more!
We help children and adolescents with speech production, fluency, language, cognition, voice, resonance, hearing, and swallowing/feeding difficulties, with the ultimate goal of optimizing communication and feeding skills to improve our patient’s functional outcomes and quality of life.
What settings do we work in?
Here at Children's Hospital our Speech-Language Pathologists work in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and we also provide speech and language services to children in grades K-8th at Emerald Academy. We have over 15 SLPs that work at our outpatient rehabilitation centers: Sevier Outpatient Center, West Knoxville Rehabilitation Center, and Emory Center Rehabilitation Center. At our West Knoxville Rehabilitation Center, our SLPs are an integral part of our interdisciplinary feeding evaluation, Motivating Mealtimes.
We also have several Speech-Language Pathologists that work inside the hospital in the NICU, PICU, and in clinics such as Oncology clinic, Grow with Me Clinic, Developmental Follow up Clinic, and Cleft and Craniofacial clinic. These therapists work closely with nurses, physicians, and other therapists (Physical and Occupational therapists) to support our patient’s needs and get them ready for discharge and/or outpatient services. Additionally, we partner with Emerald Academy.