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Speech/Language Pathology

Speech/Language Pathology

Richard J. McLoy, MS, CCC-SLP: Richard is one of the owners of Welch & McLoy Therapy Services. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in 1991 he graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Sciences degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Richard concentrates his practice in pediatrics. He has worked in a variety of settings including early childhood centers, schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He has attended advanced conferences in oral motor disorders. Richard remains current with trends and changes in his field by attending conferences on a regular basis.

Jocelyn Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP: Jocelyn graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders in 1996. She graduated from UCF in 1999 with a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has attended many courses since her graduation including those in sensory integration and pediatric feeding.

Nadia Martinez, BA, SLP-A: Nadia graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors degree in Arts majoring in Communication and Science Disorders in 2005. She plans to advance her education by attending graduate school in the near future. She has attended courses on sensory integration since her graduation.

Language: A play based approach is used to assist children in communicating effectively in different speaking situations; applying critical thinking skills to comprehend, describe, and solve problems; understand, sequence and follow oral directions; demonstrate phonological and graphemic awareness as a precursor to the development of age-appropriate reading skills.

Speech: We also use a play based approach to help children improve their intelligibility. This can include gross motor play to improve trunk strength and stability to allow good oral speech.

Pragmatics: Pragmatics address the child’s social skills. This includes such things as eye-contact; turn taking, socially appropriate behavior; and ability to interact with children and adults.

Evaluations: An evaluation is necessary before treatment begins. This allows the therapist to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint specific treatment techniques for maximal improvement. Evaluations generally take 1 hour for young children and up to 2 hours for older children. Once the evaluation is scored, results and a plan (if appropriate) will be discussed with the parent or guardian.

Treatment: Treatment is ½ hour to 1 hour for 1 to 4 sessions a week. The amount of time for treatment is determined by the child’s level of need for therapy. Therapy consists of activities geared to the child’s level of function. Play is a strong motivator for participation and assimilation of new skills. Children are often able to play with peers, encouraging work on social skills.

“I could go on and on about the wonderful things Welch & McLoy have done for my son” Rita W.