Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

The Center for Children and Women provides speech therapy services for active Texas Children’s Health Plan members.

Your child can receive speech therapy services at one of our convenient locations in Houston. The Center for Children and Women – Greenspoint and The Center for Children and Women – Southwest both offer flexible appointment hours to accommodate patient needs.

  • Focused, one-on-one therapy with a highly trained speech language specialist.
  • A structured learning environment free of distractions.
  • Colorful and welcoming therapy rooms filled with educational toys and activities.
  • Direct access to your child’s speech language specialist.
  • Open late to fit your schedule!
  • Any child who is an active Texas Children’s Health Plan member and has a Texas Children’s Pediatrics or The Center primary care provider.
  • Your child must be referred to speech therapy services at The Center by your primary care provider.
  • A hearing screening and a well-child check must be completed by your primary care provider before your child’s first appointment at The Center.
Step 1: First, your child must be referred to speech therapy services at The Center by your primary care provider.
Step 2: First appointment evaluation with the speech language specialist to decide if your child needs speech therapy.
Step 3: 45-minute, one-on-one therapy sessions. After the session, you will receive tips and recommendations to help improve your child’s skills.
Step 4:

3-month re-evaluation by the speech language specialist. Your child will continue therapy if needed.

Use the table below to figure out if your child is meeting age-appropriate speech and language milestones.

Age Milestone

Has at least a 3-word vocabulary, i.e. “mama,” “ball,” “bye"

Makes simple gestures like waving hello/goodbye, clapping, etc.

Says multiple 2-word phrases, i.e. “More juice,” “My toy,” “No Mommy!”

Can follow simple instructions, i.e. “Pick up your shoes” or “Give me the ball”

Say multiple 3-word phrases, i.e. “I want car” or “Where is Mommy?”

Can tell you their first name and age

Has basic grammar skills, such as using “he” and “she” appropriately

Can answer “what” and “where” questions

Has clear speech in conversation

Knows personal information, i.e. first/last name and school, teacher’s name, and grade

What you can do: If you think your child has problems with speech and language, let your doctor know right away. You doctor will discuss ways you can help your child at home. If your doctor feels your child needs an expert, they can help you get an appointment with a speech language specialist.

A speech language specialist can work with your child on how to correctly produce sounds and words, follow instructions, and improve their ability to express their wants and needs. 

Southwest

Aditi Jayaram, M.A., CCC-SLP: Aditi graduated from the State University at Buffalo, in 2012, with her Masters in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She also has a Master’s degree in Neuroscience. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association in 2013.  Aditi has worked in an outpatient clinic and joined TCHP The Center for Children and Women in May of 2016. Aditi speaks three languages including; English, Tamil, and Hindi. She has 5 years of experience in the field of Speech/Language Pathology with an emphasis on working with children on the Autism Spectrum, Apraxia of Speech and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices.

Nastassja Sulaiman, M.S., CCC-SLP: Nastassja received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2008. She graduated from Lamar University, in 2013, with her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and in 2014 received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Nastassja has extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and a total of 9 years of experience working with children with special needs.  She has worked in outpatient clinics, public schools, and home health care. She has been a member of TCHP The Center Speech Team since October 2016.

Greenspoint

Harolyn Williams, M.S., CC-SLP: Harolyn has a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master in Science in the area of Speech-Language Pathology form Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA (BS 1999 and 2008).  She obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competency form the American Speech and Hearing Association in February of 2013.  She hold a license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in the state of Texas.  She has been a member of the TCHP Center Speech team since November of 2015.  Harolyn has 15 years’ experience in the field of Speech/Language Pathology which the majority has been working in the County Public School System.

Elizabeth Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP: Liz started serving patients after gaining her Bachelors in Communication Disorders in 2007.  In 2011, she earned her Master in Science from Northern Arizona University. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency form the American Speech and Hearing Association and hold a license from the Texas Department of Licensing in Speech Language Pathology.  She has specialized education and course work in oral motor and early childhood language.  Liz has 10 years of experience in the field of Speech/Language Pathology and has worked in public schools, outpatient clinics, and private practice.  She joined TCHP - The Center for Children and Women in May 2016.