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Pediatric Speech Therapy Available at WWGH


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Walla Walla General Hospital are joining forces through Better Hearing and Speech Month in May to raise awareness of speech and language disorders that affect 14 million Americans, including children.

Speech and language disorders can take many forms and can limit development, academic achievement, and social adjustment. An individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness.

"Fortunately, most children with speech and language problems can be helped," says Evelyn Boyd, a speech-language therapist at Walla Walla General Hospital. "Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach people with speech and language problems strategies to help them cope. People may not fully regain their capacity to speak and understand, but a speech-language pathologist can help them live more independently."

Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who treat all types of speech, language, and related disorders. They hold at least a master’s degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In Washington they are also licensed by the state. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice, hospitals, clinics, and other health and education settings.

WWGH provides full speech language evaluations and therapy sessions for children 0 to 17 years of age through its three on-staff pediatric speech-language pathologists: Evelyn Boyd, MA, CCC-SLP, has over 30 years experience in language disorders, Ryan Jenks, MA, CCC-SLP, whose experience includes expressive and receptive childhood language disorders, and Jennifer Lewis, MS, CCC-SLP, who specializes in assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

A physician referral is needed to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric speech-language pathologists. For more information please call (509)-527-8272.