Speech therapist and long-time Mountain Top resident, Maria Danishefsky, located at the Health Center at Mountain Top, 237 S. Mountain Blvd. (Weis Plaza), is helping children of all ages and stages manage language and even swallowing disorders.
Danishefsky obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech language pathology from Bloomsburg University, and holds her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
“When I meet a child and his or her family, we first sit down to chat. I want to let the child get to know me and build trust so we can work on their particular speech issue together,” Danishefsky says.
Some broad speech problem categories such as aphasia, caused by a brain injury to the speech centers of the brain; articulation disorder, substituting one letter for another in speech or making a distorted sound when speaking; and dysfluency disorder, which presents as stuttering, can be overcome with speech therapy. Treatment is tailored to the child, says Danishefsky who has been a speech therapist for more than 20 years. “We have speaking, breathing and repetition activities to help the child practice saying sounds or words.”
Family involvement is also encouraged. “Many times a child will have speech homework and we will need one or more family members to listen and help them practice,” she says.
If you or your child’s pediatrician has a concern, schedule an evaluation with a speech language pathologist. “We are here to help children with all types of diagnoses –autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome –and conditions including swallowing problems,” Danishefsky says. As with many treatments, the earlier therapy is started, the better the outcome.
Danishefsky also provides adult speech therapy at the Health Center at Mountain Top. For more information call 570-501-4LVH.