~ Physical Therapy
~ Occupational Therapy
~ Special Instruction
~ Family Training
~ Parent-Child Group
~ Early Intervention Services
Speech and Language Therapy
A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children who have difficulty with speech and language. If a child has difficulty with SPEECH, he/she struggles with the “how-to” of talking----the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If a child has trouble with LANGUAGE, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. A child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.
A speech-language pathologists treats:
These are the common speech and language disorders...
- Articulation- the way we say our speech sounds- Intelligibility of speech depends on the accuracy of the use of sounds and how the child puts them into words/sentences.
- Phonology- the speech patterns we use
- Apraxia- difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds
- Fluency- stuttering
- Voice- problems with the way the voice sounds
- Expressive Language- difficulty using language- when babbling, making sounds or words.
- Receptive Language- difficulty understanding language-specifically when a child is asked to point to a “dog” and they point to a “cat”.
- Pragmatic Language- social communication; the way we speak to each other and how we interact with peers.
- Oral-Motor Disorders- weak tongue and/or lip muscles
- Swallowing/Feeding Disorders- difficulty swallowing and/or chewing
- Deafness/Hearing Loss- loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems