Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Speech Therapy in Palmer Alaska

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology services are now offered only at our Palmer location. Here our speech therapists work with children and young adults who have a variety of communication difficulties and speech disorders. Speech therapy works on communication challenges, both expressively and receptively, that cause children to have difficulties with verbal interaction. Our therapists are licensed speech-language pathologists with the specialized skills to treat speech and language disorders as well as establish their causes, prevention, and treatment. Our speech therapists are able to work with all ages of children focusing on age-appropriate speech and communication milestones.

We offer personalized therapy for a wide variety of speech and language disorders including articulation, language, and social pragmatic deficits. Through the integration of creative therapy methods including, but not limited to, use of music, books, sign language, play, and take-home activities, our practice provides a fun and effective learning atmosphere. In addition, our speech therapists help our patients practice communicating in social situations by helping them organize their thoughts during conversation and learn how to utilize necessary problem-solving skills during interactions with others. In some cases, our therapists are trained to help provide and train our patients and caregivers in the use of augmented and alternative communication devices.

Skills addressed in speech therapy:

  • Receptive language – understanding language, following directions, logically answering questions, organizational thought process
  • Expressive language – communication with phrases and sentences, vocabulary, labeling items
  • Articulation – production of speech sounds, clarity of speech, motor planning of specific speech sounds
  • Pragmatic language – using language to communicate with others (sign language, verbal language, or another communicate tool), staying on topic, turn taking in conversation
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication – Picture Exchange for Communication (PECs), use of communication book or tablet
  • Phonological Awareness/Reading skills – letter/sound identification, sound blending, reading comprehension, dyslexia

Our goal is to give every child an opportunity to communicate and thrive. With our personalized approach, we are able to help each child with their communication needs. Our therapists are able to focus their treatment sessions specifically on the patient’s goals to help improve their verbal and nonverbal interaction.

  • Speech Therapists

    Our Speech Therapists are here to help your child improve their communication skills and gain the confidence needed to engage others in discussion. They are highly trained and specialize in the needs of children. Be sure to visit our Therapists page to meet everyone.

Playful Learning is AMAZING! When our kiddos were struggling, Playful Learning stepped in to meet their needs. Our kids are excited to go and always have wonderful things to say when I pick them up.

Thank you, Playful Learning

“Both of my boys received the best care and therapy from the staff at Playful Learning. In addition to receiving top-notch therapy, we gained an invaluable support system and new friends. We are grateful for the effort they put into negotiating schedules for two of our children and the location is perfect for the Chugiak and Eagle River residents. I highly recommend!” ~ Terri

“We absolutely loved Playful Learning and everyone there! They were wonderful and we were very sad when we had to move away from Alaska!” ~ T Nora

“The staff at Playful Learning is absolutely amazing. They go above and beyond to help in any way possible. My son has been going there for three years and is a completely different kid from when he first started because of all their hard work and support. They care about the kids and cheer on their accomplishments with as much pride as you do.” ~Christy Taylor

“I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for all that you have done to help our three boys and our family. I really did not know what to expect and came away amazed and grateful. Every single member of your staff cared for all three of our boys as if they were their own child. I could sense the love and genuine concern. Each week you had the boys working on something different, something that was uniquely tailored to their needs. I am so grateful for the effort, care, and love that went into their treatment. I highly recommend Playful Learning Pediatric Therapy. They will make a difference in your child’s daily life and development.” ~Ami Shafran

“Playful learning has encouraged my son to have a great sense of adventure. The atmosphere and therapists were very welcoming and understanding of his rare syndrome. Tiffany Johnson, the director, was very knowledgeable of finding fun ways to work on strengthening his weaknesses. My son hated being on his tummy, and ever since we went to Playful Learning to find ways to encourage tummy time, he is now tolerating it 100% of the time. He loves to explore on his tummy now, and we are finding ways to encourage mobility.

Even though our time was cut short [due to moving], the staff made the transition for us smooth and even recommended places in our area for our son to continue physical and occupational therapy.” ~Happy Parent

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