We are committed to providing exceptional services to our patients.  We are unique, not only in our areas of specialization but because we also recognize that parental and caregiver involvement is essential, especially with infants and toddlers. Family participation is crucial for children to achieve their full communicative potential.

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive assessment followed by exceptional, home and community- based rehabilitative and habilitative speech therapy. We maximize each child’s potential to develop communication skills essential for learning, including verbal, nonverbal and augmentative communication. With our focus on family involvement, training for parents and caregivers is an essential, ongoing part of each child’s treatment plan. Our therapy sessions are individually tailored to the needs of each child, family focused, and fun. Creativity keeps our sessions fresh and enjoyable. Whether working with infants, preschoolers or older children, our therapists are well equipped with age-appropriate materials to keep children motivated, so they look forward to our time together. Research tells us that learning is maximized in a positive emotional environment.

We encourage and promote parental input and emphasize the importance of a partnership with the family when setting goals and working towards optimal outcomes.

Is my child too young for speech therapy?

No. Many people are surprised to learn that speech-language pathologists work with children as early as infancy when feeding difficulties first become apparent. Delays in language development and social interaction can often be diagnosed before the age of two. As soon as a diagnosis is made, it is appropriate to begin therapy. Research shows that intervention at an early age leads to better outcomes. School-age children may also be eligible for individual speech therapy sessions in their homes or a clinic setting in addition to any services provided by the public schools when they demonstrate a medically necessary need for those services.

Service Delivery Settings

Community-Based Speech Therapy Services

Butkus & Associates has teams working throughout Greater Houston as well as in the College Station – Bryan area treating children in their homes, private schools, and childcare settings. This is especially beneficial for younger children who are more comfortable in a familiar environment. Working in the home or community setting also affords greater interaction with the family and facilitates increased carryover. In-home care benefits families whose children are medically fragile as well as those who have difficulty making transitions throughout their day.

Office-Based Speech Therapy Services

Butkus & Associates is also pleased to offer clinic-based services to those in College Station and the surrounding communities. Clinic spaces are limited. If you are interested in a clinic appointment, please call our office or email Shannon to discuss available appointment times.

Assessment and Treatment of Communication and Swallowing Disorders

Assessment and Treatment of Language, Articulation, Voice, and Oral Motor Disorders

We are pleased to offer comprehensive articulation, language and oral motor assessments tailored to the individual needs of your child.  Members of our staff have areas of specialization that include feeding and swallowing disorders, the treatment of communication disorders arising from cleft lip and palate, autism, and the facilitation of communication for those children with severe to profound language delays. Formal diagnostic tests combined with informal assessment measures and the skilled observations of a veteran therapist are all a part of the evaluation process.

Assessment and Treatment of Social-Pragmatic Language / Autism Spectrum Disorders

Social-Pragmatic language skills include all the ways in which language is used to interact with others, read social situations and use our thought processes to understand the interests, viewpoints, and actions of others. It encompasses emotional learning, empathy and even the nonverbal aspects of interaction such as body language, social distance and comfort levels around others.

The assessment of pragmatic language examines a range of skills such as how well a child can initiate interaction, listen with the whole body, employ abstract thinking, comprehend nonliteral language, inference, and idioms and utilize perspective taking to understand the underlying concepts in situations. These and other elements of pragmatic understanding represent important aspects of social interaction while also contributing to a child’s ability to function in the academic setting.

Assessment and Treatment of Fluency Disorders

Our therapists work with fluency disorders, (typically thought of as stuttering). Left untreated, fluency disorders can become severe, causing serious problems, impacting social development and progress in school. Parents often notice very young children moving into a period of apparent stuttering. Only a speech pathologist can determine if this is part of normal development or is, in fact, the beginning stage of a fluency disorder. Treatment in younger children involves significant family and caregiver education, while older children require direct, ongoing treatment.

Private / Preschool Services

Speech, Language, and Hearing Screenings

We offer speech, language, and hearing screenings on-site to private schools and preschool centers. If you are interested in scheduling a time for us to come out or would like more information, please contact our offices for more information.

In-Service Trainings

We are pleased to offer in-service trainings about the achievement of speech and language milestones to parent groups as well as private schools and preschool centers. If you’re in a training, please contact our offices for more information.