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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy helps children develop communication skills, including articulation, verbal comprehension, expression, auditory processing, phonological awareness, pragmatics, voice, and fluency.

 

Speech therapy also addresses oral-motor and feeding skills, as well as augmentative and alternative communication.

 


 

Speech-Language Therapy Targets: 

 

  • Articulation - producing words correctly.
    Substituting, distorting, or omitting sounds

  • Auditory Processing - the brain's ability to process what is heard.
    Difficulty following directions and listening and an inability to recall words.

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication - supplementing speech with gestures, picture symbols, or voice-output devices or computers.
    Lack of speech or limited ability to speak.

  • Cognition - ability to focus, process, and remember information.
    Taking several minutes to respond, and quickly forgetting information.

  • Fluency - the rhythm and flow of speech.
    Stuttering or abnormal rate of speech.

  • Language Comprehension - understanding spoken and written language.
    Difficulty following directions and understanding concepts such as color, shape, opposite, and poor vocabulary.

  • Language Expression - the production of spoken and written communication.
    Difficulty developing single words, combining words, and poor sentence structure.

  • Oral-Motor/Feeding Skills - sucking, swallowing, chewing, and biting.
    Facial weakness, drooling, coughing, choking, gagging, and refusing certain foods.

  • Pragmatic Language - appropriate communication in social situations.
    Inappropriate body language, eye contact, or responses in social situations.

  • Voice - using appropriate pitch, loudness, and voice quality.
    Abnormal pitch, volume, or quality of voice.