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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy

A speech language pathologist (often referred to as a Speech Therapist), evaluates and treats children who have difficulty with speech or language. Speech is the “how to” of talking – the coordination of muscles and movements to produce speech. Language is the understanding of what a child hears or sees and may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate or hold a conversation. A speech therapist may also evaluate or treat children who have difficulty swallowing food or liquid and will help identify what part of the swallowing process is making it difficult for a child to eat.

Speech Therapists can address the following:

  • Speech Disorders
    • Articulation – way sounds are said
    • Phonology – speech patterns
    • Apraxia – difficulty planning and coordinating movements
    • Fluency – stuttering
    • Voice – problems with the way the voice sounds
  • Language Disorders
    • Receptive Language – difficulty understanding language
    • Expressive Language – difficulty using language
    • Pragmatic Language- social communication
  • Oral Motor Disorders
  • Swallowing/Feeding Disorders

Children may benefit from Speech-Language Therapy if they have:

  • Difficulty coordinating and planning oral motor movements to formulate sounds
  • Articulation difficulties where speech consists of substitutions (“f” for “th”, “w” for “l”)
  • Omissions (word “cat” is produced “ca”)
  • Weaknesses in receptive language skills or ability to understand language
  • Difficulty answering “wh” questions, sequencing, etc.
  • Difficulty with social situations (turn taking, eye contact, introductions)
  • Limited Food repertoire limited to certain textures
  • Numerous dis-fluencies where they may repeat a sound, word, or phrase before sentence completion
  • Poor vocal quality (hoarse or weak voice)