Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology aims to help children with communication challenges, in both expressive and receptive aspects. 

8 Areas Of Communication

The following are eight areas of communication that a Speech-Language Pathologist might focus on:

Speech Intelligibility

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The formation of clear and distinct sounds in the child’s language, whether the issues arise from articulation delay, phonological disorder, or motor planning issues such as developmental apraxia of speech

Speech Fluency

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The coordination and flow of speech to reduce stuttering moments

Language

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The proper use and comprehension of words and grammatical structures

Pragmatics

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The use of language in social contexts

Cognition

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Attention, memory, problem solving, executive functioning

Feeding and Swallowing

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Food motility and mastication, food aversion

Voice and Resonance

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Quality of phonation, loudness level, pitch, nasality

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

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Visual and/or voice output systems used to communicate

Services & Therapies Offered

Therapy for each individual is customized and may include the following:

Individual Therapy

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Clinic-based one-on-one therapy

Communication Dyads

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Therapy with a peer present, often a sibling or good friend

Social Groups

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Therapy with one or more professionals present and at least 2 peers

School/Home Visits

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Therapy done in one of the child’s natural environments

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Programming

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Planning and programming of a device used to communicate instead of or in addition to speech

Consultation

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Meeting with parents, caretakers, educators to help determine appropriate carryover of therapy goals

Asessment

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Evaluation of all appropriate areas of communication to determine if intervention is warranted and determine appropriate goals and services