The Speech Dysphagia Language Clinic (SDLC) is a private clinic in Mumbai, India, founded in 2008 and managed by Merzia Maskati (M.A., CCC-SLP, CPSP). We offer speech, dysphagia, language and occupational therapy services to meet the needs of a diverse community. We cover neo-natal, school age, adult and geriatric populations with a team of highly qualified speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.
We are located at Kemps Corner in Mumbai and have a satellite branch open on Saturdays in Dadar.
We also offer tele-consultations and therapy sessions over video-conference.
Learn more about our clinic and the team.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE EVALUATION
A Speech & Language evaluation includes a look at the child’s receptive language (ability to understand language) and expressive language (the ability to express thoughts and ideas). This also includes an evaluation of the child’s speech production (his/her clarity and speech fluency) and a social language/pragmatic profile (ability to use language in social situations).
The evaluation builds a profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. After the evaluation, the testing results are reviewed with the parents and recommendations are offered. A written report can be available on request and can be shared with other professionals such as the pediatrician, school teacher or other therapists.
DYSPHAGIA, FEEDING & SWALLOWING ASSESSMENT
This may include instrumental or informal measures to evaluate a child or adult’s swallowing/feeding mechanism. Individuals post stroke, radiation or chemo-therapy may require a Modified Barium Swallow Study which is an instrumental test to assess swallow function. This is supervised by the patient’s doctor and carried out by the Speech-Language Pathologist and Radiology technician in a hospital.
Children with feeding issues may be evaluated in the clinic through behavioral means. Post evaluation, recommendations to change diet consistency, behavior modifications and/or swallowing exercises are taught to the parents and/or caregivers with regular follow up sessions scheduled.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT
Occupational therapists evaluate kids' skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.
INDIVIDUAL & GROUP THERAPY
After the evaluation, an individual is assigned to one of our certified therapists for regular scheduled therapy session. Each individual is allotted a specific appointment day and time which becomes their regular appointment with their therapist. We use a variety of toys, games, books, electronics and pretend play items for therapy.
Our therapy plans are systematic, hierarchical and based on data. Individual speech and language therapy sessions are usually 1-2 times per week and can be scheduled on a more frequent basis by need and availability.
Occasionally, we suggest group sessions to focus on encouraging children to use learnt skills in a more natural environment with peers. Group sessions also focus on social skills such as turn taking, topic maintenance, body language and eye contact.
"Thank you for being the support system I really needed Merzia... you did more than what a doctor does.. you were my friend... thank you so much"
S.S., parent of a 6 month old
"Z was awarded 'star of the week today'. For a kid with language and speech delay being awarded for her performance is the biggest achievement ever - thanks to you for your great efforts that I have seen this wonderful day"
F.N., parent of a 3 year old
With your blessing and help, A talks non-stop and I have to request her to stay quiet for 2 minutes and breathe!
A.G., parent of a 4 year old
Feeding has always been our biggest challenge. Not one day did you give up on S. We've come a long way since we met you. You tried hard to make him finish that tiny 2 oz bottle and his meals. You cared for our child in a way that I will always remember. You gave us great advice and taught us to always follow our instinct. You don't know how big of a deal that was. You did it and we put it into practice. We can't be more thankful. Thank you for caring. We will always adimre you.
S.J., parent of a 4 year old
We as a family are deeply indebted to you for the care and attention that you have given S. With your efforts and blessings she is back in college in London. May the Lord bless you and your family.
G.R., parent of a 21 year old
Thank you so much for everything. You have worked wonders for V. I totally swear by you. Thanks for getting the smile back on my face.