What is Speech-Language Therapy?

Also known as speech therapy, this medical practice works on treating several different communication and swallowing problems. 

Speech Disorder

Speech disorders occur when patients have difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering) or have difficulty with their voice (e.g., pitch, volume, quality) or resonance. ​

Language Disorder

Language disorders occur when patients have difficulty understanding others or processing language or combining words, limited vocabulary, sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form, content, and/or use of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.​

Cognitive-Communication 

Cognitive-communication disorders occur when patients have difficulties with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulations,  planning, and/or problem-solving. ​

Social Communication 

Social communication disorders occur when patients have difficulties with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems communicating for social purposes, talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and, following rules for conversation and story-telling.

Dysphagia/Oral Feeding 

Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way patients eat or drink, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods. Swallowing disorders may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury

Pearly Yazbek, M.S, CCC-SLP

Meet Our Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Pearly Yazbek is a speech-language pathology or a speech therapist. She aims to improve the well-being and quality of life of her patients while offering them individualized tool and emotional support without judgement. Her goal is to inspire her patients to have the desire to express themselves and communicate independantly.

Pearly holds a masters degree in speech-language pathology. With over 4 years of professional experience, Pearly adopts a holistic approach to create individualized treatments. These treatments empower the patient and are not limited to addressing the patient’s disability.

Her multicutural and multilingualism allows her to better understand and treat the patient in their language, English, French, or Spanish. 

Expectations

Gather information related to the patient’s speech and language development, including birth history, age milestones, and significant medical history.

We ask you to share your major concerns, tell us what you’d like to achieve in the evaluation, and discuss the goals you have for the patient. 

The patient participates in structured and unstructured activities in a controlled setting that allows our therapist to assess the patient’s general development.

If the patient can benefit from therapy, we provide our recommendations for helping the patient improve their communication skills.

We will review our professional findings with you and will make recommendations for length and duration of speech therapy.

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