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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology aims to help children with communication challenges, in both expressive and receptive aspects. The following are eight areas of communication that a speech-language therapy focuses on:

  • Speech Intelligibility – 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 – the coordination and flow of speech to reduce stuttering moments
  • Language – the proper use and comprehension of words and grammatical structures
  • Pragmatics – the use of language in social contexts
  • Cognition – attention, memory, problem solving, executive functioning
  • Feeding and Swallowing – food motility and mastication, food aversion
  • Voice and Resonance – quality of phonation, loudness level, pitch, nasality
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) – visual and/or voice output systems used to communicate

Speech-Language Pathology reinforces speech intelligibility as well as language use in order for the clients to be able to successfully communicate with other people.

Services and Therapies Offered

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

  • Individual therapy – clinic based one on one therapy
  • Communication dyads – therapy with a peer present, often a sibling or good friend
  • Social Groups – therapy with one or more professionals present and at least 2 peers
  • School/Home visits – therapy done in one of the child’s natural environments
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Programming – planning and programming of a device used to communicate instead of or in addition to speech
  • Consultation – meeting with parents, caretakers, educators to help determine appropriate carry over of therapy goals
  • Assessment – evaluation of all appropriate areas of communication to determine if intervention is warranted and determine appropriate goals and services

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