What is Speech-Language Therapy / Speech Pathology?
Speech-language therapy, also known as speech therapy or speech pathology, is a service provided by Ridge Zeller Therapy to children and adults in the metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek or Apache Junction, AZ.
Speech therapy helps individuals maximize their ability to understand spoken words, express their thoughts and ideas, and use language socially.
Speech pathology also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume, and safely eating and swallowing foods.
Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke or traumatic accident that changes their ability to use language.
For children, it generally involves pursuing milestones that have been delayed.
Treatment may only be needed for one area of speech-language or it may be needed in several areas.
Our focus, here at Ridge Zeller Therapy, is on early identification, diagnosis, consultation, and treatment.
Who Benefits from Speech Therapy?
Individuals of all ages benefit from speech-language therapy including children in Arizona schools with delayed speech and language development and individuals who have difficulty understanding what they read or hear, difficulty expressing spoken or written words, voice loss or hoarseness, stuttering or fluency problems, or swallowing difficulty.
About RZT's Arizona Speech Pathology Providers:
Who Will Be Your Speech-Language Pathologist?
Click here to meet the RZT team of speech pathologists in Arizona.
The professional in charge of each individual's speech-language therapy program is known as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).
The SLP will work with each individual to design a program that meets the unique needs of that person.
Meaningful activities will be developed to make therapy interesting and effective in meeting goals.
What Will Your Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Do?
A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) works under the direct supervision of an SLP, according to specific guidelines mandated by the State of Arizona.
Our SLPAs hold bachelor's degrees in speech and language sciences, and they are licensed by the Arizona Department of Heath Services.
The scope of an SLPA's practice includes, but is not limited to, providing therapy and developing lessons. Click here to learn about open SLPA positions in Arizona and join the RZT team as an SLPA.
What Will Your Speech Pathology Team Accomplish?
A major focus of our speech-language pathologists' work is appropriate diagnoses of the communication problem and formulation of a treatment program in concert with the patient and their family.
SLPs conduct thorough evaluations, develop treatment plans, provide therapy, and supervise SLPAs.
Our Speech Pathologist's Qualifications:
Each RZT speech therapist holds a master's degree with extensive study in speech-language, swallowing development and disorders, an Arizona State Department of Health license, Arizona Department of Education professional certificate, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and an Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card.
* Click here to learn about open SLP positions in Arizona *
Ridge Zeller Therapy's Arizona-based speech-language pathologist's are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating:
- Receptive and expressive language
- Listening comprehension
- Social skills
- Auditory processing
- Pre-literacy and language-based literacy
- Articulation and intelligibility
- Problem solving
- Memory and word recall
- Apraxia of speech
- Voice difficulties
- Accent reduction
- Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing)
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and devices
To request more information about our speech-language therapy services or to work with a Speech Therapist in the Phoenix area including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek and Apache Junction, AZ, please fill out the following form, or email Heather Holston, Therapy Coordinator at ContactUs@rztherapy.com or call us at 480-365-9981 today!