Speech and language therapy focuses on a child’s ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally; from simple gestures, to the complex skills needed to maintain a conversation. Interventions for children with communication difficulties can include articulation therapy for the development of speech sounds, oral-motor and dyspraxia therapies for the development of speech motor skills, language therapy, which includes comprehension and expression of ideas through speech or augmentative forms of communication and social-pragmatic therapy.
Therapy may focus on any of the following areas:
- expressive and receptive language disorders
- articulation or phonological deficits
- apraxia of speech
- cognitive skills, such as problem solving and reasoning
- social skills (Learn more)
- feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills (Learn more)
- augmentative communication (Learn more)
- stuttering or disfluencies
- voice disorders
- reading and literacy skills – (provided both individually and in groups)
- hearing loss/cochlear implants
During each speech evaluation, we use a combination of standardized assessments, clinical observations, evaluation of play and caregiver interviews to determine the next step in the child’s care.. Therapy plans may include oral motor and language exercises or assistive and alternative communication when appropriate. Speech and language services are provided by state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologists with current Certification of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Association.