Pediatric speech therapy practice in Peoria IL

Child Development Practice In Peoria

Pediatric speech therapy is most beneficial if your child babbles, stutters, or struggles with sensory processing or putting complete sentences together. 


Children with autism, down syndrome, cleft-palate, sensory dysfunction, verbal apraxia, and head injury are most prone to speech and language disorders. The best way to get clarity about your child's development is to check in with professionals for a screening.


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We at Mueller Pediatric have made it our mission to provide top-notch speech and language therapy and speech pathology services. We've long been the trusted practice for pediatric speech therapy in Peoria, having humbly served the area for some time now.

What is Pediatric Speech Therapy?

Pediatric speech therapy, as its name may suggest, is verbal communication training for children. When it comes to pediatric speech therapy, it is generally referring to young toddlers, as compared to speech therapy for children all the way up to teenage years. Both are a similar process but are personalized based on the developmental stage of the child.

Additionally, a child should attend speech therapy at the first signs of speech problems. These problems may include stuttering, difficulty responding to questions or general speech abnormalities. Though these conditions seem common, they might signify a larger, more serious issue at hand. Having regular speech problems can be a sign that your child may have autism, sensory dysfunction, Down's syndrome or even a head injury. It is important to take your young child into pediatric speech therapy to treat the issue earlier rather than later.

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Pediatric Speech Therapy Tips

It's important to know that you are not alone throughout the speech therapy process, and we also want to reassure parents who may feel helpless or frustrated. The truth is, there are many ways you can help your child as they undergo speech and language therapy. Whether your child struggles with a speech impediment or articulation delay, there is a number of exercises that will help your child grow more confident in his speech abilities.

We encourage you to sit down and perform the following exercises with your child. Keep in mind that even though these can be used to help in everyday life, seeing a specialist on a weekly or bi-weekly basis can dramatically increase your child’s ability to communicate. The experts understand the complexities of each condition and will treat your child in the areas that will be of most benefit.




Practice at Home - Self-Help Strategies

  • Focus on troublesome words like "ship," "apple," etc. Having your child pronounce these words will help you narrow down which types of sounds may of most difficulty for your child to say.

  • Engage in conversation with your child during everyday tasks. You want to help your child feel more comfortable talking in everyday situations, so try and create conversation while getting dressed, feeding, etc. Not only will this just help your child become more comfortable, but it will also help you to make note of common mistakes in their speech.

  • You can also ask your child to give directions during a car ride or instructions on how to complete a task. This may be best for older children, but when tailored to the level of your child, it can be beneficial for kids of all age.


Overall, the best practice is setting your child up for success and performing these speech tips whenever possible. This will help support the work that is being done in formal pediatric speech therapy settings. Encourage your child, but don't forget to encourage yourself.


We also offer therapy groups throughout the year where you can sign up as a family and practice the skills mentioned above with the help of MPT staff. See below for group times that might work for you!




Speech Therapy Near Me

As one of the oldest cities in Illinois with many families and many children, there is a constant need for pediatric speech therapy in Peoria IL. With the introduction of large corporations such as Pioneer Railcorp, Maui Jim, Caterpillar and Archer Daniels Midland, Peoria, IL is home to many families. With many families, comes many children in Peoria. We at Mueller Pediatric Therapy want to be the place you trust for your child’s speech therapy.


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"Amy Hopkins has been here with our family from the beginning. She made a family connection that will last a lifetime!!! Don't know what I would do without her. She didn't care that Kayden was under the table playing in dirt!"

- Erin Faw

"It is so hard to believe our last therapy is this week. We had a wonderful therapist who has done all the hard stuff for our future therapist."

- Bobbie Conover

"My six-year-old Autistic daughter has been receiving speech services from Mueller Pediatric Therapy since she was in Early Intervention. We were so pleased with Emma's work with her at the end of EI that we decided to keep her working with her. Since then, we have seen so much progress in our daughter's ability to not only talk (as she was barely talking upon entering EI) but to understand language and use it appropriately to make requests, express herself and interact with peers. The office staff has also been great in helping us navigate difficulties in dealing with our insurance provider. I recommend Mueller Pediatric Therapy to anyone I know who is looking for services to help children with delays."

- Alysia Short

"Our family has chosen Mueller Pediatric Therapy to serve our two children over the past 5 years. We've had 4 amazing therapists and great experiences with the company. We truly believe they choose the best to work and teach both children, and their families. The personal experiences and relationships we've witnessed make me proud to refer this company."

- Holly K.

"Mueller Pediatric Therapy was a great help to my son when our previous speech therapist fell short of our expectations. The owner, Erin Mueller, took a personal interest in my son’s case and assigned the therapist she felt would be the best fit for my son’s needs. Vicky jumped right in and within the first session had a diagnosis and therapy plan to go forward. We received more personalized treatment in the first month than we had in 6 months with our previous therapist. Vicky had a vast amount of experience that was evident in the way she worked with my son and the knowledge she was able to pass on to me about my son’s condition. She was so personal and easy to work with. I would recommend Vicky and Mueller Pediatric Therapy to anyone looking for a fresh start to their therapy needs."

- T.C.

"We have chosen Mueller Pediatric Therapy for all 4 of our children. Over the past 9 years we have utilized their amazing speech therapists to work with our boys while they were going through Early Invention. They have given them the skills and tools they need to jump start their speech and be able to start school with the confidence they need to succeed. They are now in 6th, 4th, and 1st grade and doing fantastic. My daughter is 4 1/2, autistic, and has been with Mueller since Early Intervention. When she started she was non-verbal, had no real interactions with others and was very withdrawn. In 2 short years she had become a totally different girl. With Mueller's speech, speech group, and OT services she has thrived. She greets people when she sees them, wants to play with others, and just over the last 3 months has started talking. I owe so much to the ladies at Mueller who have taught my kids, stood up for them, cheered them on and pushed them to become better! I would recommend them all day because without them, my children wouldn't be who they are today."

- Erin C.

"Graeme started speech services with Mueller about a year ago. The difference it has made! He speaks so much more and really enjoys time with his teacher Miss Maggie. He looks forward to his sessions. I know both Graeme and I will be sad when he is too old to continue."

- C. E.

"Erin is a very gifted and talented speech therapist. I was constantly amazed at her understanding of how sounds are formed and further amazed at her ability to accurately know which sounds my son was articulating and which sounds needed help. He constantly progressed while under her instruction. Furthermore, Erin truly cared about his development and ability to accomplish sounds. It wasn’t just a “job” to her, she cared, at a personal level, about his development. I was excited when Erin started Mueller Pediatric Therapy. The more people she could touch through her services and through her therapists, the more families that would be blessed."

- Dorine Aberle

Miss Emma (speech), Miss Jamie (previous OT), and Miss Amy (DT) have been so great with me and my son over the years. They have always had interest in what works best for us and listening to my son's cues and what he needs, how he learns best. Greyson has not always been the most willing to do things that come harder for him, but with the help from this staff, their consistent care and patient minds, he is thriving and has come leaps and bounds from where he first started. We are thankful, grateful and blessed to have these professionals in our corner. Thank you so much for all you do for us!

- Jenna Darnell

I would highly recommend my daughter's Speech Therapist, Brittany, because she was wonderful with Mackenzie. She really related to her and really connected with my child by catering to her needs, moods, and her actions on the day of her therapy session. Brittany was constantly working hard with my daughter and always made her laugh and smile. Brittany and Mackenzie had a wonderful connection of which I had never seen with any of her other therapists. Brittany has a wonderful and outgoing personality which really showed when she was working with my daughter. My daughter always looked forward to when Miss Brittany came to her house and always hated to see her leave. I would highly recommend Brittany Hoffmire to any parents looking for a speech therapist because of her awesome ability to work and relate to kids. Thank you very much Brittany for making a difference in my daughter's life and with her speech. You are one in a million. Keep up the awesome work you are doing!! Thank you!

- Nicole Berg

About Us

Mueller Pediatric Therapy, Ltd., was established by Erin Mueller, Speech-Language Pathologist, in 2008. MPT is passionate about providing quality Pediatric Therapy Services. We are the leading Pediatric Therapy Agency in Central Illinois offering a wide array of services for children ages Birth-18 years. We look forward to working with you and your child!


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