Speech Motor Disorders (SMD)

Including movment with speech during CHAMP camp 2017
Including movement with speech during CHAMP camp 2017

Speech sound disorders (SSD) is an umbrella term referring to any combination of difficulties with perception, motor production, and/or the phonological representation of speech sounds and speech segments that impact speech intelligibility. A SSD can be caused by the following: developmental disorders (i.e., Autism), genetic disorders (i.e., Down Syndrome), hearing loss or frequent ear infections, neurological disorders (i.e., Cerebral Palsy), structural disorders (i.e., Cleft Palate), or may be idiopathic; meaning the cause of the disorder is unknown. A SSD can have a negative effect on an individual's academic, social, and/or occupational life secondary to reduced intelligibility or the ability to be understood. 

›The Speech Motor Disorders (SMD) is a specialty clinic that provides comprehensive speech and language evaluations and therapy to clients across the life span with a primary focus on pediatric speech sound disorders and motor speech disorders. Individual and group therapy is provided on a weekly basis by graduate level clinicians and is supervised by Jodi N. Kumar, M.S., CCC/SLP.  Additional services include individual SPEECH THERAPY INTENSIVES and summer CAMPS. Both intensives and camps have an admissions process and are typically scheduled 3-6 months in advance. Regardless of the approach adopted, therapy will be evidence-based, functional, and tailored to the needs of the client.


Jodi N. Kumar, MS, CCC/SLP

Jodi N. Kumar , M.S., CCC/SLP is the clinical supervisor of the Speech Motor Disorders Track.