How it works
We check the basics, create goals, and start seeing progress.
How long does speech therapy last?
It depends. For speech sound correction, pediatric therapy can last a few months with the use of new technology called the palatometer. This is a retainer that is worn by the child during a therapy session. The retainer is embedded with sensors that feed input into a computer. While watching a computer screen the child is able to see how their tongue is moving in real time and how that movement compares with correct pronunciation. With the use of the palatometer, speech sound errors that used to take years to correct now takes months.
Clear Speech in months not years
Many parents ask “When should I worry about my child’s speech and language development?” Most people say not to worry. Errors are a part of normal development. What should one expect of a child in terms of speech clarity? In truth, there is a broad range of ‘normal’. Typically, a child of 3 should be understood by those outside the family, using the context of the conversation for clues. There will be some speech sound errors (wabbit instead of rabbit) but the message is clear enough that the listener can understand the meaning of the words easily. If your child’s speech is slurred, if family members have a hard time understanding your child or the speech patterns do not seem to be ‘evolving’ into mature speech patterns, it’s time for an evaluation.
Judah Starts Therapy
This is Judah, a typically developing boy with a history of ear infections. He needed to develop clarity of speech so family and friends could understand him better. Here is how he spoke before therapy using the palatometer.
20 Sessions Later
Here is how Judah speaks now after 20 sessions using the palatometer. He is talking about the same topic in both the ‘pre’ and ‘post’ video. You be the judge! Has he gained clarity of speech?
See what our previous clients have to say
When we first joined Clear Speech we had been using the birth to 3 program. Maddie was making some progress but she was still so delayed. Because of her new therapist, Michelle, Maddie has discovered her voice. She is still delayed but able to communicate so much more. Our son, Camden, also has Apraxia and he is becoming better since working with Michelle. It has improved so much. Maddie and Cam are both able to communicate more with us which has greatly helped our day to day lives. We now have tools as parents to help with the two of them and the stress has gone down. Don’t hesitate to seek out speech services. It is never too early to at least have your child evaluated. Once a line of communication is opened between you and your child, it is like a whole new world.
My son, Zach, began speech therapy in 2015 with great success. His annunciation became clearer and more understandable in just a year. Once he graduated from speech therapy, he continued on with writing comprehension to further his language understanding. Now, a middle schooler, his writing has improved to grade level and in some cases above level. Thank you Clear Speech therapists! Because we needed help with annunciation and writing, I would recommend their SLPs to any parents whose child could benefit. With their 1:1 ratio, kids get faster results than the SLPs within the school districts as their ratios are higher and sessions are shorter.
My son could not say his “g” and “k” sounds. Melisa Aar has been so fantastic with my son. He is able to say all his sounds now and is more confident when he talks to people. The therapists are so personable here and we would give Miss Melissa 5 stars for being so awesome!
We were looking for supplemental speech for articulation concerns during the summer. Not only did we get help in articulation, but help with his Sensory Processing Disorder. The Safe and Sound Protocol helped in ways I didn’t realize were available through speech therapy. My son’s speech is more intelligible and many of his sensory phobias have dissipated. Clear Speech is great at addressing the child’s needs in the usual ways as well as introducing the newest most innovative therapy treatments available.
Prior to getting therapy at Clear Speech, I noticed my kids had a hard time telling me and others what they needed. They would become very frustrated so most days they had tantrums, they would hit, and when unfamiliar were around they would be very quiet and interact. Our day-to day routines have improved significantly since starting speech therapy. When they couldn’t communicate, we spent hours each day managing their frustrations and trying to understand their needs. Now we can move through our day with little to no frustration. When frustrations do happen, they can use their words to solve the problem. Clear Speech has been a great experience for all three of my children. I recommend to families who need speech therapy to get started as early as possible. Commit to the therapy process and soon you will be able to better connect with your kiddo and hear what they need!
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Location: 3602 Everett Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Telephone: (425) 252-9908
Fax: (425) 259-6317