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Speech Therapy

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Speech Language Therapy

Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, the terms have very different meanings. If the child has trouble with speech, he/she struggles with the "how-to" of talking-the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If the child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. The child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation. Therapy may also evaluate and treat children who have difficulty swallowing food or liquid.

What can a Speech Language Pathologist do?
  • Evaluate the child's level of performance
  • Observe the child's home and school environment to determine how it may be modified to support speech and language development
  • Develop a plan of treatment in coordination with other health care professionals who are treating the child
  • Teach age appropriate speech and language skills and safe swallowing techniques
  • Educate about stages of speech and language development and safe swallow techniques
  • Consult with individuals involved in the child's daily life
What can parents and families do?
  • Stay educated about the child's treatment plan
  • Be involved with your child's therapy and progress
  • Follow through with suggested activities to encourage further development