What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy is a tool used to help individuals that struggle with any area of communication – expressive language, what an individual can say, receptive language, what an individual understands, cognitive language, sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational – these stages extend from birth to the acquisition of language; voice abnormalities with resonance, loudness, pitch, and quality; swallowing and feeding difficulties from birth or following an accident or injury; oral motor skills; fluency disorders, literacy, AAC and sign language for individuals that are non-verbal, and phonological and articulation disorders.
Who needs speech therapy?
- Individuals that may experience behavior disorders, learning disorders, and speech disorders.
- Individuals that have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, or have been born prematurely.
- If your child has a diagnosis which impacts their ability to communicate with others, please contact us and allow us to help you determine if speech therapy is for you.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide a wide range of services, mainly on an individual basis, but also as support for individuals, families, support groups, and providing information for the general public. Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech Therapy services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders.
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- Cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions).
- Speech (Phonological Disorder, Articulation, Fluency/Stuttering, resonance, and voice)
- Language phonology (manipulating sounds), syntax (rules of grammar),semantics (interpreting signs or symbols of communication to construct meaning), and pragmatic/social aspects of communication) including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, phonological awareness.
- Swallowing/Feeding or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding or oral motor deficits;
- Oral Motor Deficits execution of airflow and oral motor / oral placement of the lips, tongue, and jaw
- Voice (hoarseness (dysphonia), poor vocal volume (hypophonia), abnormal (e.g. rough, breathy, strained) vocal quality.