Pediatric Speech Pathology

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat children who have problems with language, hearing, communication and oral functions. They provide individualized treatments for children to help them grow and develop in school and at home.

Left unaddressed, hearing loss or speech delays can hurt a child’s ability to interact with the wider world and lead to more delays.

What is speech pathology and audiology?

Pediatric speech pathology and audiology deal with hearing and speaking problems. Issues include hearing loss and language delays that may be signs of other development issues. Early intervention is important.

Diagnosing speech pathology and audiology issues

It is important to have regular check-ups with your child’s provider and share concerns you or others have about your child’s hearing or speech. 

MaineHealth has pediatricians at Family Practices who can assess these concerns and refer your child to see a specialist as needed.

There is a wide range of treatment options for hearing and speech concerns, from weekly therapy sessions to reconstructive surgery and surgical implants.

Get to know the providers

  • Audiologists: Hearing specialists with the tools and training to diagnose and treat problems in your child’s ear.
  • Ear, nose and throat specialists (otolaryngologists): Doctors who treat problems that may affect hearing or speech. Otolaryngologists perform surgery on those parts of the head and neck.
  • Speech-language pathologists: Help people who have trouble speaking or understanding communication.

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