N.W. asks from Spring, TX on March 24, 2008
Speech Therapist in Spring
I have a four-year-old daughter who has difficulty with forming some consonants. Sometimes it sounds as if her thought process is operating faster than her mouth. I've tried working with her, playing phonics games, but I'm no professional. Plus, at her recent checkup, her pediatrician expressed concern and recommended she see a pediatric speech therapist. The doctor recommended one but that one is way up in Conroe. Does anyone have a recommendation in the Spring area? Ideally within Spring-Steubner, Woodlands Parkway, I-45 and 1960. Thanks.
So What Happened?™
First; I'm overwhelmed at the terrific response received. Thanks to all for taking the time to pass on their knowledge.
Second; I had no clue that the local schools provided such a service. I did call the Klein ISD and explained the situation. My daughter will be seen later this week for screening and we'll go from there. I am keeping the names recommended to me just in case this option doesn't work out.
Again, thanks to all you wonderful ladies.
S.H. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Cole Speech & Therapy Center is located on Louetta between Steubner-Airline and Kuykendahl (1 block from Steubner-Airline). They are in the phone book. My son has been receiving therapy from them from about 4 months and is doing well. They have a lot of children that they see, even making some home visits. You might inquire about that!
S.P. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Call Nanes Pediatrics and ask for Betty. She is the referral person. There is a pediatric everything right off I45 in the Woodlands just before Home Depot. My son went there for a lot of therapies but I can't remember the name. The owner was Lee Ann.
J.P. answers from Houston on March 24, 2008
Have you thought about having her tested through the school district you are in? My daughter had speech problems as well and I had her tested through Spring ISD and she was able to enter speech therapy before she even went to kindergarten. It is free of charge and if she needs it, they will continue the therapy in school. When she was pre-k age, she went before school and then during school hours once she was in kindergarten. I suggest calling the home office of your school district and asking if they offer this.
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M.M. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
I have a two-year old son who hasn't begun speaking yet and my pediatrician just recently recommended my son see a speech therapist. I found one in The Woodlands called Aspire Therapy. We have our evaluation next Monday so I can't personally give any feedback about the therapist. I hope this helps. Best of luck with your daughter.
L.B. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Some enunciations are linked to developmental age, and may come as late as six years old. Iwas told this by speech therapists when my daughter could not say her "r"s. However, you are wise to speak with a speech therapist now. I reccommend you also speak asap with your school district because many school districts offer a pre-K program - but on a limited basis for children with special circumstances - of which the need to see the district speech therapist would qualify your child. I also learned about this many years ago in the Cy-Fair distric when my daughter was admitted to speech therapy in the school district in kindergasrten. Otherwise - check your health insurance - a speech therapist may be covered under ancillary providers or perhaps a specialist.
T.R. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
You should check out Cole Speech Therapy or Texas Children's Woodland's office.
L.L. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
There is a public, pay-by-income program called Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - it is for kids up to 3 years old but if you contact them and ask for the next age-up contact, they'll give it to you. There is a bit of paperwork/processing to go through to get you into the program but they are very goal oriented and will start to work with you and your child and help you immediately. We were in the same situation but at an earlier age and have made great progress and I understand so much more.
S.W. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Both my daughters have gone to Polly Gardner for Speech Therapy. We have had a wonderful experience with them. My pedi and my daughter's school both recommended Polly Gardner, located in The Woodlands.
J.R. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Just a funny story about speech therapy. Our youngest son had problems with vowel blends. When he was in kindergarten he saw the speech teacher several times a week. They worked on it for most of the year with little success. When spring came and the weather got warm he came out of his bedroom and said, "I'm going to put on my shirt and shirts" (instead of shorts). His dad said, "if you can't say it right you can't wear them." Our son corrected himself and never had a problem with it again. I never figured out if he was just too lazy to say it right or didn't have the right motivation, but Dad sure fixed him.
D.K. answers from Houston on March 25, 2008
Try not to be to alarmed. When my daughter was 5 and in Kindergarten, her teacher was also concerned about her not being able to say her th, sh, etc. I then had her tested at the public school she would have atteneded if she was not at a private school. Being surprised it was not her letter sounds, but it was her expresive and repetitive language that she actually had trouble with. I have come to the conclusion the reason she was unable to make the letter sounds was partly because she had ear infections and could not hear the sounds and she got tubes when she was 3 and after that she heard everything and with time and practice she was able to finally say them correctly. It did take a few years. Being tested at the public school, they also offered the Speech Classes that she could attend. I have a few friends and speech pathologist for a school district that I have heard there are many kids that qualify for them to be in pr-kindergarten and get the speech classes they are needed. Of course the only thing is they do not do this over the summer. I also have a friend that is a speech pathologist at the St. Lukes hospital in the Woodlands. Check your area hospitals. Good Luck and be patient.