Pediatric Speech & Language Programs and Services

The UT Dallas Callier Center provides comprehensive, coordinated clinical services for our families by partnering with audiologists, physicians, educators, mental health professionals and other rehabilitation specialists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We work closely with researchers at UT Dallas and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to continuously develop innovative, creative, evidence-based practice models for diagnosis and treatment.

Evaluations

Our certified, licensed staff of speech-language pathologists provides in-depth, comprehensive evaluations to accurately describe and diagnose speech, language and feeding disorders, as well as provide appropriate treatment recommendations and necessary referrals.

Evaluations are conducted in the following areas:

Speech-Language Delays and Disorders

Purpose: to assess children who have suspected speech delays/disorders (i.e., articulation, voice and/or fluency concerns) and/or difficulty understanding and using language (i.e., difficulty or delay in using words to communicate, putting together words and sentences, asking/answering questions, following directions, telling a story, describing or explaining a task, and/or developing social skills).

Age group: Children of all ages.

Feeding Delays and Disorders

Purpose: to assess children who have suspected sensory or motor-based feeding disorders.

Age group: Children of all ages.

Motor Speech Disorders Diagnostic Clinic

Purpose: to assess children who have a complicated, unclassified or ambiguous speech sound production disorder.

Age group: 2 to 18 years of age.

Individual Speech-Language Therapy

Our professional speech-language pathologists work with children individually to provide intensive, one-on-one, family-centered therapeutic intervention.

In conjunction with parents and caregivers, our speech-language pathologists will develop an individualized therapy plan with short- and long-term goals addressing specific areas of need.

Therapy activities center on functional, contextual activities to improve skills, as well as incorporate parent/caregiver training.

Individual therapy is provided for a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to:

  • Language delay/disorder
  • Articulation delay/disorder
  • Motor speech disorders (apraxia, dysarthria)
  • Fluency disorders
  • Oral-motor/feeding disorders
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Hearing impairment
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Brain injury and other neurological disorders
  • Social communication disorders

Speech Programs

SPeech and ARtiCulation (SPARC) Group

SPARC is designed to improve speech sound production and intelligibility in children ages 3 – 6 years old. Individual goals are addressed for children who have speech sound (articulation, phonological, Childhood Apraxia of Speech) disorders or delays. The group program is appropriate for children who have difficulty producing one or many speech sounds. The program will introduce and target phonological awareness skills. The program is led by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians.

Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to the start of the program to secure enrollment.

Callier Richardson

Mondays and Wednesdays 

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. or

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. or

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Contact: Paige Burkink

(972) 883-3651

Feeding Disorder Programs

Food and Fun

Food and Fun is pediatric feeding therapy for children ages 2 – 5 years that addresses the oral motor, sensory, social, and play aspects of feeding in a group setting, as well as provides parents with education and support. Participation in Food and Fun may complement individual outside therapy. The group is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with support from student clinicians.

Cost: $180 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.

Callier Dallas
Thursdays
3:30-5:00 pm
Contact: Rachel Wehner
(972) 883-3121 

Supportive Treatment of Eating in Preschoolers (STEPS)

STEPS provides a small-group intervention program for preschoolers ages 2 – 5 years with moderate to severe motor-based feeding disorders and accompanying sensory-motor issues.

The program is designed to facilitate improved oral motor skills for feeding while providing hands-on training for parents. Strategies to support stability and function during feeding, as well as normal development of feeding skills, are taught. The group is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with support from graduate student clinicians.

Cost: $180 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.

Callier Richardson
Fridays
10:00 AM -11:30 PM
Contact: Jenny McGlothlin
(972) 883-3606 

Language Programs

Preverbal Communication Program

The Preverbal Communication Program provides intense communication intervention for toddlers ages 18 months – 3 ½ years who are non-verbal or in the early stages of developing the use of language. Children appropriate for the program include those diagnosed with receptive/expressive language disorder, ASD, developmental delay, or those who have difficulty producing speech sounds, as well as those for whom the diagnosis is unclear.

A one-to-one ratio of clinician to child ensures that children have adult support in their attempts to participate and communicate in group activities and individual speech-language therapy.

Although speech-language pathologists individualize intervention to meet the needs of each child, they also incorporate aspects of the SCERTS approach (Prizant, 2006), Floor Time (Greenspan, 1998), the Hanen Program (Sussman, 1999) and behavioral intervention with a developmental/relational approach.

Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to the start of the program to secure enrollment.

Callier Dallas:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Contact: preverbal@utdallas.edu
(972) 883-3142

Talking Toddlers

This group program is designed to improve communication in children ages 2 – 3 years. Individual goals are addressed for children who have expressive language delays, and may have receptive delays and/or difficulty with speech sounds. The program is led by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians.

Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.

Callier Richardson:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Group 1: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Group 2: 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Contact: Paige Burkink
(972) 883-3651

Callier Dallas:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Contact: Sharon Mathews
(972) 883-3034  

Preschool Language Development Program (PLDP)

PLDP is a therapeutic program designed for children ages 3 – 5 years with language disorders. It is run by a speech-language pathologist and eight to nine graduate student clinicians each semester to maintain a ratio of three to four children for every two clinicians.

The program uses a classroom environment and developmentally appropriate activities within thematic units to address individual speech and language goals. The goal of the program is to create a natural environment through which children can improve communication abilities with adults and same-age peers in order to prepare themselves to be successful in mainstream preschool or kindergarten classrooms. The program also includes both standardized and criterion-referenced assessment of the child’s language skills.

Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.

Callier Richardson
Monday through Thursday
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Contact: Kimberly Moran
(972) 883-3636

Early CLASS (Communication, Language And Social Skills)

The Early CLASS is a classroom-based speech, language and communication program for children ages 2 ½ – 5 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents. The curriculum was developed using the SCERTS philosophy (Prizant and colleagues, 2006).

Intervention focuses on the core features of ASD and helps children become more competent communicators while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning and relationships. We provide behavioral therapy with a developmental perspective. Speech-language pathologists trained in the SCERTS program are assisted in the classroom by graduate student clinicians.

Cost: $90 per session (may be insurance eligible) + $75 nonrefundable enrollment fee due prior to program start to secure enrollment.

Callier Dallas
Monday through Thursday
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Contact: Early CLASS Office
(972) 883-3136

Little Listeners

Little Listeners is designed to improve communication in children with cochlear implants between the ages of 18 months to 3 years and is designed as a supplement to individual aural (re)habilitation and speech-language therapy. Little Listeners focuses on increasing listening, language, and speech skills without the use of visual communication.

Led by a speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians, the program targets imitating sounds, words and phrases; communication turn-taking; requesting vocally; following directions; increasing vocabulary; and production of age appropriate speech sounds.

Callier Dallas
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:45 – 11:45 AM
Contact: Erica Brown
(972) 883-3134