Speech & Language Therapy

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Speech and language therapy is an important field in rehabilitative healthcare. FSHN is proud to be one of the first institutions to provide speech and language therapy in the region. Our therapists have introduced a new standard of excellence within the field by implementing a multi-disciplinary approach to the management and treatment of a vast array of disorders and conditions. They collaborate with physicians, nurses, psychologists, audiologists, physical and occupational therapists, educators and parents, to ensure a holistic approach to speech and language therapy interventions.

We offer a wide range of services to patients of all ages - from infants to the elderly. Our therapists diagnose and treat disorders related to expressive-receptive language, speech, and swallowing. Our bespoke treatment plans are based on each patient’s needs, while offering group therapy and family support, as needed.

Following the initial screening process, interview, and assessment of the patient’s specific condition, our therapists work with patients to develop the treatment plan. We also provide follow-up sessions to ensure proper generalization and maintenance of target behaviors.

Our services address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Speech disorders, including articulation, fluency, phonation, resonance and voice disorders
  • Language disorders, including receptive-expressive language phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, language processing, pre-literacy and phonological awareness
  • Cognition, including attention memory, problem solving, and executive functions
  • Dysphagia (swallowing), including chewing, swallowing delay and aspiration
  • Voice disorders, both organic and functional
  • Sensory awareness, for communication and dysphagia
  • Stuttering
  • Motor speech disorders (dysarthria apraxia)
  • Aphasia
  • Anomia (naming difficulties)
  • Genetic disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders and down syndrome
  • Developmental delay
  • Craniofacial anomalies, such as cleft palate
  • Language delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Laryngectomies
  • Tracheostomies
  • Parkinson's disease

At Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) , we are fully aware that rehabilitative therapy can be overwhelming for a young child. Therefore, our considerate specialists do their best to treat children with tender care and patience, working hard to make the therapy experience pleasant and fun for the child. The Center offers one-to-one and group sessions, as well as complete assessments and treatments out of the center. We work with children, as well as their parents and caregivers, to evaluate and treat a broad range of complex needs and conditions.

Our therapists work towards developing a child’s overall communication skills, including the understanding and use of language, speech intelligibility (sound production,  articulation), fluency and speech patterns (phonation, resonance, pitch, intonation, voice); as well as treating feeding and swallowing difficulties, and working to improve overall social communication skills.

Using a compassionate, effective, and science-based approach, our trained SLPs provide assistance and support to students with all types of learning difficulties (including those with cochlear implants). They start assessing the students’ linguistic and academic skills in English, Arabic and French (depending on the language and curriculum of their schools), and then develop the treatment plans that work best for them. In addition to individual sessions, students can also benefit from group sessions where they engage with peers who have similar issues.

We offer a broad range of treatments, including:

  • Speech difficulties, including articulation, phonation, fluency, resonance, and voice
  • Language problems, including receptive and expressive language, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, language processing, pre-literacy, and phonological awareness
  • Fluency disorders
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties in infants and children

How old are the children you treat?

Our team treats children of all ages from birth to the age of 18. After this age, adults are treated by our adult therapy team. In some cases, however, young adults can proceed with their care programs at CERC after the age of 18 if it is thought to be more helpful for their case.

Do your clinicians speak both Arabic and English?

Most of our clinicians speak more than one language, including Arabic and English. We are also able to provide translation services if required. Please call our Center for more information

My child needs therapy. Is treatment affordable?

Our services are based on particularly-tailored treatment plans, and fees are estimated according to the requirements of each plan. So, we can only provide a more accurate estimation of cost after assessing the child’s needs and identifying the related treatment program.

Children who need multiple interventions and those who have previously received treatment at CERC can be offered lower prices.

However, as a non-profit organization, FSHN is committed to ensuring that all children have access to the required treatment, regardless of their families’ financial situation. After conducting a financial assessment, children, whose families have financial need, can get the required treatment at a greatly reduced cost.


What is a speech language pathology/therapy?

• Speech therapy is an intervention that improves speech and the ability to understand and express language (including nonverbal language). These services are provided by professionals called “speech therapists”, or “speech and language pathologists” (SLPs).
• SLPs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems. They help people of all ages speak more clearly and feel more confident when speaking to others. Children with language issues can benefit socially, emotionally and academically from speech therapy.
• SLPs also develop personalized treatment plans to support people with eating and swallowing problems.

How will therapy help reach those goals?

Speech therapy can take place in a small group or one-on-one sessions, depending on the type of the speech disorder. The therapy techniques may vary depending on the type of disorder, age, and the patient’s unique needs. During speech therapy for children, the SLP may:
• Interact with the child by talking, playing, and using books, pictures, and other objects to help stimulate language development
• Model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play activities - to teach the child how to make certain sounds
• Provide strategies and home programs for the child and parent (or caregiver) on how to do speech therapy at home

What can each of us do to help?

The role of parents (or caregivers) is very important for the child’s improvement. Our therapists have many resources available to help you do therapy exercises at home, including:
• Speech therapy apps
• Language development games and toys, such as flip cards and flash cards
• Workbooks
• Printable worksheets

How should I prepare myself and my child for the assessment appointment?

• If possible, send any documents or paperwork to the clinic before the evaluation (including any reports you might have from previous therapies, such as Early Intervention, school IEP’s, etc.). This gives your therapist more time to learn about your child and plan the evaluation session
• Arrive a few minutes early, this ensures that you have enough time to submit the form and ease your child’s anxiety on his/her first visit to the clinic.
• Talk to your child about the assessment ahead of time (about where they will be going, what will happen, etc.). Use positive and upbeat language to put your child at ease, assure them that you will be there waiting for them, and that you can’t wait to hear all about what they did!

How can speech and language pathologists help students with learning difficulties?

Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) can help students with learning difficulties in many ways. They use evidence-based techniques to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of disorders that affect the students’ academic and social life (including speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders). Based on each student’s needs, SLPs develop bespoke treatment plans to boost the student’s basic skills and ,thus, improve their academic and social performance.

Is speech and language delay a learning disability?

If your child has trouble with producing sounds, using spoken language, or understanding what other people say, you should think of seeing an SLP. Speech and language problems are usually the earliest sign of a learning disability.

What are the most common types of learning disabilities?

The following are the 4 most common forms of learning disabilities:
1-Dyslexia : A learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. It is the most common form of auditory and visual processing disorders affecting both children and adults.
2- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A brain disorder that affects the children’s ability to pay attention, sit still, or control their behavior.
3-Dyscalculia : A learning disability related to math.
4-Dysgraphia : This term refers to writing difficulties (i.e. individuals who have difficulty converting sounds into written form).

If we have additional questions, how can we contact you?

Our therapists will be very happy to answer your questions. You can contact us via:
Phone: (+965) 2225 7238
Email: [email protected]
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