Speech therapy helps children learn to use and understand language.
Speech therapists (STs) or Speech/language pathologists (SLPs) help diagnose and treat communication disorders. With the help of highly trained speech therapists/ speech-language pathologists speech therapy will help your child facilitate expressive and receptive language. Speech therapy will help children learn to use a method of communication that will be the most effective and best understood. Most times this is teaching a child to use their voice, but it can also include the use of augmentative devices.
- Receptive Language Skills: Understanding language, following directions, and processing auditory information.
- Receptive language involves being able to comprehend the message, the speed the message is processed, and how one concentrates.
- This can include understanding figurative language and literal language.
- Expressive Language Skills: Using language to express ideas and thoughts.
- Includes vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.
- It can be the ability to express feelings with the use of arbitrary signals, such as verbal language, gestures, and written symbols.
- Fluency: How the language is produced including stuttering, cluttering, and rate of speech.
- Articulation: The process by which a person forms verbal language.
- This happens with the movements of the jaw, tongue, palate, lips, and teeth.
- Augmentivite Communication: Refers to the alternative methods of communication also known as “Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)”.
- Often children are taught to use a devices that can act as their voice.
- Hanen Program
- Baby Sign Language
- Picture Exchange
- Communication System (PECS)
- Voice Output (VOCA)
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- The ipad along with other devices often are used to help those with impairments in the production of spoken language.
- Apraxia of speech
- Feeding issues
- Oral motor disorders
- Speech sound disorders
- Written language difficulties