As a part of your child’s Teton Peaks stay, they will receive testing and treatment by a speech and language pathologist. Studies have shown that 50-80% of children referred for assessment and treatment of social emotional problems also have an undiagnosed language impairment (Cohen, Barwich, Horodezky, Vallance, & Im,1998).

Correlations have been found between language impairment and anti-social personality disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Pragmatic language deficits often accompany these disorders and can affect an adolescent’s ability to interact in a socially appropriate manner with peers, family members, teachers and other authority figures.

Additionally, an increased likelihood of language processing impairment in this population contributes to difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings in emotional situations (Geiger, McElfresh, Toner, Trujillo, & Lauck, 2007).

Speech and language treatments are implemented individually and/or in a group setting. Every adolescent on the unit will receive social skills training through a group format lead by a skilled speech and language pathologist. Group therapy sessions focus on improving functional social language skills through structured practice in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Children who demonstrate significant language impairments will also be offered individual speech therapy intervention. These sessions focus on improving language comprehension and verbal expression skills and may include treatment of vocabulary, grammar, memory, articulation and/or pragmatic language deficits.


Cohen, N. J., Barwick, M. A., Horodezky, N. D., Vallance, D. D., & Im, N. (1998). Language, achievement, and cognitive processing in psychiatrically disturbed children with previously identified and unsuspected language impairments. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 39, 865-877.

Geiger, D., McElfresh, K., Toner, M., Trujillo, S., & Lauck, L. (2007, October 22). SLPs on the psychiatric ward. Advanced Healthcare Network for Speech and Hearing, 17(43). Retrieved from