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Miami, FL 33146

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Tel: (305) 663-4499

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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language pathologists help areas that include the following:

  • Speech disorders occur when patients have difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering) or have difficulty with their voice (e.g., pitch, volume, quality) or resonance. ​

  • Language disorders occur when patients have difficulty understanding others or processing language (receptive language), or combining words, limited vocabulary, sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.​

  • Social communication disorders occur when patients have difficulties with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling.

  • Cognitive-communication disorders occur when patients have difficulties with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulations,  planning, and/or problem-solving. ​

  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way patients eat or drink, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods. Swallowing disorders may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury

Meet Our State Certified Speech-Language Pathologist 

Pearly Yazbek, M.S, CCC-SLP

Pearly Yazbek’s speech-language pathology practice incorporates a variety of tools to assist individuals with speech and/or language communication deficits, both oral and/or written. She also assists in cases of swallowing disorders and oral-motor exercises. 

 

She aims to improve the well-being and quality of life of her patients while offering them individualized tools and emotional support without judgment, to help them overcome their own difficulties, whether academic, cultural, professional or social. Her goal is also to inspire in her patients the desire and the pleasure of reading and writing, and the desire to express themselves and communicate independently.

 

Pearly Yazbek holds a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and is accredited by the Florida Department of Health for the training and supervision of assistants and interns obtaining their license after a Master’s degree. She is also an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

 

With 4-years of professional experience in school and clinical contexts, Pearly Yazbek adopts a holistic approach to create individualized treatments that empower the patient and are not limited to addressing only the patient’s disability. Working on a case-by-case basis, she does not hesitate to collaborate closely with other professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and behavioral therapists while respecting the confidentiality of her patients.

 

Pearly Yazbek’s multicultural and multilingualism allows her to better understand and treat the patient in his/her language and culture. She therefore consults in English, French and Spanish, and provides therapy to children over one year of age, as well as adolescents and adults.

Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. As a certified speech-language pathologist, Pearly Yazbek can assist you with the following disorders listed below:

  1. Receptive Language Disorder/Delay

  2. Expressive Language Disorder/Delay

  3. Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  4. Articulation and/or Phonological Disorder

  5. Swallowing Disorder and Oral-Motor Function

  6. Literacy Disorder/Delay

  7. Pragmatic/Social Language Disorder

  8. Cognitive-Communication Disorder

  9. Fluency Disorder

  10. Voice and Resonance Disorders

Treatment

EXPECTATIONS

  1. Background and developmental information: Gather information related to the patient’s speech and language development, including birth history, age milestones, and significant medical history. We may request additional information from your child’s teacher.

2.Caregiver interview: We ask you to share your major concerns, tell us what you’d like to achieve in the evaluation, and discuss the goals you have for the patient. Depending on the patient’s age and circumstances, the patient may or may not attend this part of the evaluation.

3.Assessment and observation of the patient: The patient participates in structured and unstructured activities in a controlled setting that allows our therapist to assess the patient’s general development, speech and language skills, reading and writing skills, and other important information.

4.Evaluation report: We provide an evaluation report that identifies the patient’s strengths and challenges. If the patient can benefit from therapy, we provide our recommendations for helping the patient improve their communication skills.

5.Recommendations and follow up expectations: We will review our professional findings with you and will make recommendations for length and duration of speech therapy. If the speech-language pathologist does not suggest homework, make sure to ask for tips, resources, and information about how to work with the patient in between therapy sessions

Remember, as the parent/caregiver, you are the patient’s best teacher!  The more you can do to assist the speech-language pathologist in providing consistent therapy activities, the more likely you are to increase the patient’s speech and language development.