Speech Pathology

Helping Every Voice Matter

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic treatment for speech, language, and voice disorders. The department provides services for clinical management of children from birth through age 21.

Services We Offer

Some of the diagnoses and problems we treat include:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Apraxia
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Autism
  • Cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies
  • Cochlear implant
  • Feeding, swallowing and oral motor disorders
  • Fluency, articulation, hearing and language disorders
  • Paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction

Featured Programs

SMART Program

SMART Program is a social group program that teaches children the fundamental social skills necessary to build and maintain relationships. It is comprised of toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school children.

STAR Program

STAR Program is a social group program that teaches children the fundamental social skills necessary to build relationships. It is composed of preschool, elementary and middle school children.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program

Alternative communication is used when someone is unable to speak or is hard to understand. Augmentative communication means adding something to speech to make the message clearer to the listener. This can include pictures, writing or drawings, or using special speech apps or devices.

Evaluation and Testing

One key to an effective speech and language pathology program is a comprehensive evaluation. Testing is completed based upon the child’s age and diagnosis. Testing and evaluation help our Speech and Language Pathologists to fully assess the child’s speech, language and oral  motor skills. Our skills assessment evaluates:

  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Fluency (speaking smoothly and without effort)
  • Voice and resonance (having a full, pleasant sounding voice)
  • Oral motor and feeding skills
  • Articulation (speaking clearly)
  • Hearing ability
  • Cognitive skill (clear thinking)

We also evaluate the child’s need for special equipment, which may include communication  devices, speaking valves or oral motor tools.

After testing, we will work with you to set up your child’s treatment plan. The treatment plan may consist of services provided on an inpatient and/or outpatient basis as well as activities to be done at home. 

Parents often wonder if their child’s speech and language skills are normal for their age.  Our Speech and Language Milestones Guide is available to help parents better understand the skills a child should have at various ages. 

Meet Our Leadership

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Lindsey Boyer Pauline

Lindsey Boyer Pauline is the Speech Language Pathologist Program Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Candace E. Coffman

Candace Coffman is the Mansfield Close To Home Center Director of Operations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Our Clinics

Speech Pathology maintains both inpatient and outpatient clinics on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as at other locations in Ohio.

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Training Program

Speech Pathology Dysphagia Fellowship

The Pediatric Dysphagia Speech Pathology Fellowship Program is an experience consisting of research training in the assessment and treatment of pediatric dysphagia and other speech disorders.