Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy (ST) focuses on receptive language, the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, the ability to use words to express yourself. In addition, Speech Therapy offers treatment to many speech/language disorders. Speech disorders include the following problems, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):
Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.
Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Is your child experiencing any of the following?

Articulation/Phonological Processes:

Problems pronouncing words correctly
Using incorrect consonants from words, such as saying wabbit instead of rabbit

Receptive/Expressive Language Delay:

Difficulty following directions to complete a task
lack of words/vocabulary
Inability to communicate basic wants and needs

Fluency Issues:

Repeating words or parts of words
Twitching and blinking eyes while speaking
Frustration and embarrassment which often decreases child’s desire to speak

Voice/Augmentative and Alternative Communication:

Child has a very nasal sounding voice
Loses voice for days after excessive use
Unable to use vocal communication

Pragmatic Delay:

Child doesn’t make eye contact
Child doesn’t use greetings
Child doesn’t respond to
questions Child doesn’t express emotions
Child doesn’t interact
appropriately with adults or peers

Oral Motor/ Feeding Issues:

Underweight with coughing
Vomiting or tearing eyes while eating
Picky eaters
Trouble chewing certain foods
Trouble swallowing food

Reading Problems:

Unable to read and spell words at same level as peers
Teacher have suggested child might be dyslexic or learning disabled
Trouble hearing the difference in words that are similar
Any of the above examples could be signs that your child could benefit from an Speech Therapy evaluation and/or treatment.

Our Speech Therapy Program offers services for: