A physician may be one of the first professionals alerted to a potential communication problem in a child. A child with a communication problem may be identified through routine office visits, screenings and/or parent report. If a communication problem is suspected, a referral should be made to a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist for a speech and language evaluation. A speech-language pathologist is the professional that is qualified to assess and treat speech and language disorders.

At Kids Talk, we welcome referrals from physicians and encourage a team-oriented approach to working with children and their families. Doctors are kept up-to-date regarding their patients’ evaluation results, recommendations, and treatment progress. General information is provided for physicians online to make the referral process easier and less time-consuming. Our clinicians are also always available to speak to physicians directly to answer questions and provide additional information.

Articles of Interest for Physicians:

Developmental Surveillance and Screening of Infants and Young Children

Can clinical judgment detect children with speech-language problems?

Language, Speech Sound Production, and Cognition in Three-Year-Old Children in Relation to Otitis Media in Their First Three Years of Life

The child who stutters: to the pediatrician 3rd edition