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.