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What is Speech Therapy? 
Speech Therapy addresses weaknesses in communication skills.  
If a child demonstrates difficulties in communication skills, these could be a result of a speech disorder and/or a language disorder.

Speech Disorders include the following problems:

  • Articulation disorders include difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can't understand what's being said.
  • Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions, or prolonging sounds and syllables.
  • Resonance or voice disorders include problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for the child when speaking.
  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders, including difficulties with eating and swallowing. Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive.
  • Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.
  • Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
  • Reading skills are also addressed.

Speech Therapy Sessions last 30 minutes and can be provided in individual and small group sessions.  Small group sessions focus on specific areas including peer interactions and feeding skills.  
Speech therapy mostly takes place during guided play therapy.  Children have so much fun they don’t realize they are in therapy.

Speech Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLPs) are often called Speech therapists informally.  They are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development and its disorders.  They hold at least a master’s degree and state certification/licensure in the field, as well as a certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). SLP’s treat problems in the areas of articulation, dysfluencies, oral-motor, speech, voice, receptive and expressive language disorders including social skills and reading.

SLP’s evaluate a child's developmental communication level, work with family members to find effective therapies, and implement successful programs for treatment.  Therapists also work closely with child case managers (if applicable) to ensure continuity of services and consistent treatment plans.
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Your child may benefit from Speech Therapy if he or she:

  • Has a limited vocabulary compared to other children his/her age
  • Has frustration with communication
  • Is difficult to understand
  • Has difficulty expressing wants and needs
  • Has difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • Has difficulty responding to questions
  • Has difficulty following directions
  • Has oral motor delays and feeding difficulties
  • Has poor social skills
  • Has difficulty pronouncing his/her words
  • Has difficulty making a complete sentence or formulating words
  • Has difficulty with written language
Does my child need speech therapy?
All therapists at Bayside Children's Therapy Network (BCTN) are certified in their areas of expertise and standing members of one or more of the following organizations:

SHAV - The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia.

ASHA - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association.

VOTA - The Virginia Occupational Therapy Association
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Bayside Children’s Therapy Network, Inc.
We're located in the 'old Coke building' on Main Street - Gloucester Court House!
6688 Main Street - P.O. Box 130 - Gloucester, Virginia 23061
Call: 804-210-1555  Fax: 804-210-1556
Jennifer Baucom, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Jennifer has received a master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University and has worked in a variety of settings including, local school districts, pediatric clinics and hospitals.  Jennifer has served on  Assistive Technology teams and has completed other continuing educational opportunities annually. As a co-owner of BCTN, Jennifer is very excited to offer this region the opportunity to pursue medically based services at our clinic.
Annessa Rutkowski, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Annessa is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Nova Southeastern University. She has ample experience working in pediatric speech therapy and has worked in a variety of settings to include: schools, non-profit organizations, private practice in both rural and urban environments. She is an enthusiastic and creative therapist with a passion to serve all clients with communication needs.
Sharon Kubick, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Sharon is a graduate of Hampton University who brings a wealth of professional and personal experience working with a broad range of children with communication disorders. Previously an ABA Therapy Manager and Provider, Parent Advocate, and Teacher, Sharon has a strong interest in meeting the specialized needs of children on the Autism Spectrum.