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Speech Therapy

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 Pediatric speech therapists use a child’s work or “play” to obtain desired communication. They diagnose and treat children with a broad spectrum of  disorders. Speech therapists maximize opportunities to obtain natural speech and language from developmentally appropriate activities. They apply  techniques that are highly integrated with occupational and physical therapists. A child’s speech or communication is the foundation for all peer and  adult interaction. Speech is not only what a child says, but how they play and gesture, what language they understand and what information they can  convey.

Speech therapy can address one or more of the following communication areas:

  • Expressive Language – Unable to form meaningful messages using age appropriate grammar or word finding difficulties.

  • Receptive Language – Difficulty understanding what is being said to them.

  • Articulation/Speech – Unable to produce age appropriate sounds.

  • Reading – Difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling and vocabulary.

  • APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) – Difficulties attending, poor listening skills, following multi-step directions, difficulties processing information.

  • Social Language – Difficulties with turn taking, initiating and maintaining a conversation, repairing conversation breakdowns, perspective taking and interpreting non-verbal cues.

  • Voice – Disturbance of pitch, loudness, or quality in relation to an individual’s age, gender and culture.

  • Oral Motor – Difficulties with muscle function and/or motor planning that affect the child’s ability to eat, drink, or speak.

  • Augmentative – Assisting non-verbal child’s communication with a communication device or PECS (Picture Exchange System).

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