Cara M. Gelbart, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Cara M. Gelbart

Speech-Language Pathologist


Cara Gelbart is a speech language pathologist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gelbart specializes in speech, language and social pragmatic disorders in patients. As a speech language pathologist, Gelbart evaluates, diagnoses and treats patients with communication difficulties. These conditions may be due to developmental delay, brain injury, hearing loss, autism, stroke or other diseases and injuries. Gelbart helps patients make sounds and improve their voices through various methods. Speech language pathologists also work with patients to strengthen muscles used to speak and swallow, and work with individuals and families to help cope with their conditions.

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  • How long does hearing loss last after a cold?

    If your child is experiencing hearing loss after a cold, you should take them to their primary care physician, who may refer you to an audiologist. Cara Gelbart READ MORE

  • How do you know if a learning disability is serious?

    There are lots of different types and degrees of learning disability. It might be specific to certain subject matters in school for example. I don't have a lot of information about your daughter to be able to say how serious it is in her case. But your daughter's school should have a special ed director or someone to speak with about having her assessed for learning challenges. A speech/language assessment may also shed some light on any gaps that can be filled with some support. Speaking to your school's principal or your daughter's teacher might be a good place to start. Public schools are obligated to perform these assessments if you request them. A PsychoEd evaluation may also be helpful. Your pediatrician may have recommendations. READ MORE

  • Why does my son stutter when he's anxious?

    Do you stumble over words more when you get anxious? Your son may also be more self conscious about his speech when he is anxious which can compound his anxiety and therefore increase his disfluencies. Stuttering can also be related to tenseness in the muscles used for speech production. Anxiety can cause muscle tenseness. One of the worst things we can do to someone who stutters is to put pressure on them. READ MORE

  • Can you take your baby to a speech therapist at 2 years old?

    A speech language pathologist would be able to assess whether there is a developmental speech delay or something to cause your child to speak later. READ MORE

  • Which form of therapy is most effective for panic attacks?

    You will have to consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist to treat your panic attacks. READ MORE

  • How do I continue speech therapy at home after class?

    Ask your speech therapist for activities you can do at home to keep practicing. There are also clinics which offer speech language therapy and many accept insurance. READ MORE

  • At what age do children's speech delays appear?

    It depends on the child. They don't read the child development text book. READ MORE

  • How early should you start speech therapy?

    Developmentally, 2 is pretty early to say if a lisp will affect your child's speech long term. We start to get concerned if a lisp hasn't self-corrected by age 7 or 8 READ MORE

  • Can a speech delay be caused by a work injury?

    A speech disorder can absolutely result from head injuries depending on the part of the brain affected by the injury. All of the body's functions and cognition are controlled by the brain. It's the same thing when a person develops speech or language issues following a stroke. Cara Gelbart READ MORE

  • At what age should a delayed child start speech therapy?

    At one year old it is likely too early to say that your child is delayed. READ MORE

  • Are any communication devices used for speech therapy?

    Hi, There are many different types of communication devices used in speech therapy. Cara Gelbart READ MORE

  • Can stress cause a stutter in children?

    Hi there, Stress and external pressures can absolutely be a factor in stuttering. We can't say definitively if these factors are a "cause." My recommendation for now would be to seek out a local Speech-Language Pathologist with stuttering experience to perform an assessment. In the meantime, give your daughter plenty of time to get out her entire message while she's speaking. Don't rush her or try to fill in words for her if she is having trouble. Also, make her mental health a priority, and focus on keeping her home environment a calm and safe communication space. Fear of communicating can make stuttering worse. I am sorry she is feeling so much stress from everything going on right now. READ MORE

  • My voice is extremely low. What can I do to enhance it?

    This is not my particular area of expertise, however, if this is something that is bothersome to you and affecting your self-esteem and/or quality of life, you can seek out speech therapy to work on treating your habitual pitch. READ MORE

  • What is the difference between a speech therapist and a speech pathologist?

    Typically the title "Speech Therapist" is interchangeable with "Speech Pathologist." READ MORE

  • Does hearing loss affect your speech?

    Hearing loss can absolutely affect your speech because it affects your ability to hear what your own speech sounds like. Her ability to self-monitor her speech output might be distorted. However, elderly people also often experience muscle weakness and/or decreased motor coordination which can also cause speech to lack clarity. READ MORE

  • How is speech delay treated in speech therapy?

    A Speech-Language Pathologist has methods for encouraging young non-verbal children to communicate functionally. Oftentimes, their therapy consists of providing the child with support for understanding language, and not only using it. What this looks like will vary greatly from case to case, and will depend on the child. Some children begin using speech given therapy, whilst others may require alternative communication methods. READ MORE

  • Should I be worried about my speech impairment?

    If the way you speak is bothersome to you, and affects your self-esteem and/or quality of living, then you may consider seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist to perform an assessment of your speech and give you ways to improve your speaking rate. READ MORE

  • What can be done to help my 5 year old son speak more clearly?

    There are a number of different things that can cause unclear speech. Unfortunately, I would not be able to say what the reason is in your son's case without completing a formal assessment. At the age of 5, a child's speech should be near 100% intelligible. It may be beneficial to you to seek out a speech and language evaluation. READ MORE

  • How can I tell if my daughter has speech issues?

    At the age of 6, you may wish to seek out speech therapy for your daughter's r pronunciation. Typically, r production difficulties subside around kindergarten. Proper r pronunciation can help her academically, particularly as she is learning to read and spell. Children will spell the way they hear sounds, and if her sounds are distorted this could affect her spelling. READ MORE

  • My son still can't pronounce his "r's" properly. Would therapy help him?

    Whether therapy would be helpful to your son to pronounce his "r"s depends a lot on his age. Problems with "r" sound production typically resolve themselves around age 5. Now, there is no inherent rule book dictating this and each child is individual. Sound production can affect academics, and is an easier problem to fix when a child is at a younger age. If it is concerning to you, it may be beneficial to seek a speech evaluation. READ MORE

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Get to know Speech-Language Pathologist Cara M. Gelbart, who serves the population of Arizona. Cara completed her undergraduate degree from the Arizona State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science in 2014, giving her over 5 years of experience in her field. Wanting to further her education she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from her alma mater in 2016. Furthering her training she completed a Speech-Language Pathologist internship with Frank Elementary School as well as the Pediatric Speech-Language Specialists. To stay up to date in her field, Cara remains a professional member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. She currently practices as a Speech-Language Pathologist with Lexis Preparatory School. When not working, Cara enjoys dog training, drawing, painting, and computer animation. Speech-Language Pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), also sometimes referred to as a speech and language therapist or a speech therapist. SLP is considered a “related health profession” along with audiology, optometry, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, physical therapy, and others. The field of SLP is distinguished from other “related health professions” SLPs are legally permitted to conclude to certain disorders which fall within their scope of practice. SLPs specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders (speech disorders and language disorders), cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. SLPs also play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (often in a team with pediatricians and psychologists).

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