The first couple years of life is the most intensive period for acquiring speech ad language skills. Early identification of a delay can avoid later personal, social, academic, or vocational difficulties.
ability to correctly pronounce sounds
The ability to comprehend spoken language by following directions, understanding complex sentences, answering questions and demonstrating understanding of age-appropriate vocabulary.
Appropriate flow, rhythm, and speed of speech.
Ability to use verbal and non-verbal communiction to convey meaning and messages to others by communication wants, needs, thoughts and ideas.
Ability to take turns, interuppt a converation politely, use ppropriate eye contact, demonstrate age-appropriate play skillls, and engage in conversations.
Age Appropriate pitch, volume and quality.
Melixsa Acosta, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Florida state licensed bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist with 14 years of experience in the field and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Melixsa obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus, and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.
Melixsa has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient facilities, private clinics, homes, and schools. She is the founder and owner of a pediatric private practice in Oakland Park that offers bilingual (English/Spanish) speech and occupational therapy services to children from 0-20 years of age.
Melixsa is also parent of a child with special needs. This life experience has allowed her to learn additional tools to implement in her career while supporting families on their journeys. She believes in a compassionate, collaborative, and family-centered approach to therapy.