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

Super Speech

Super Speech is a speech and articulation group designed for preschool- and kindergarten-age children who have speech sound errors. The program is appropriate for children who have mild to severe speech sound disorders and delays. These children intend to communicate but struggle to be understood by familiar and unfamiliar listeners. We work with children to improve their overall speech quality and intelligibility.

Super Speech adopts a hybrid approach using both play-based techniques and drill practice to maximize progress toward individual goals. The environment is motivating and exciting to engage the children and encourage improvement. The program targets individual goals, overall speech sound quality and pre-reading skills (phonological awareness). The Super Speech program is led by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate and undergraduate clinicians.

Super Speech Targets:

  • Speech sound production (beginning at the sound level)
  • Development of oral motor skills for accurate movement of lips, tongue, cheeks and muscles of the mouth area
  • Increased awareness of appropriate phonological patterns
  • Increased overall speech intelligibility

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

Callier Richardson
Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Contact: Hannah Neale
(972) 883-3653

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
Tuesdays
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 AM
Contact: Jenny McGlothlin
(972) 883-3606 

Language Programs

Communication Connection

Communication Connection is a program designed for children ages 2 to 5 years who are nonverbal or have limited vocabulary. The program introduces a variety of augmented and alternative communication to improve language. Children who are appropriate for this program include those who are diagnosed with expressive/receptive language disorder, those who have complex diagnoses (Autism, Down Syndrome, etc.), or those whose diagnosis is unclear. Communication aides and technology are introduced to improve the use of language, including but not limited to picture exchange, core boards, speech generating devices and visual schedules. Individual goals are addressed during group and individual activities. The program is led by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians.

Communication Connection targets:

  • Prelinguistic skills
  • Early communication
  • Joint attention
  • Play skills
  • Social communication
  • Introduction of assistive technology, visual aids, and augmented and alternative communication to aid verbal speech.
  • Expressive and receptive language
  • Parent education and training

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
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Contact: Emily Weston
(972) 883-3603

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) 883-3140

Little Listeners

Little Listeners is a small group program for children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants between the ages of 18 months to 3 years. The program is designed to improve communication individually and in a social context, and serves as a supplement to individual aural (re)habilitation and speech-language therapy.

Little Listeners focuses on increasing listening, language, and speech skills through listening without the use of visual communication. The group is led by a 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 Dallas
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Contact: Erica Brown
(972) 883-3134

Preschool Language Development Program (PLDP)

PLDP is a therapeutic program designed for children ages 3 to 5 years with language disorders. It is led by a speech-language pathologist with support from graduate student clinicians to maintain a one-to-one ratio of child to clinician.

In a classroom setting, participants receive intensive group language intervention and participate in 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

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
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Contact: Ramie Thompson
(972) 883-3033