Speech-Language Therapy for Communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all of the ways we share our ideas and feelings without talking. Children with significant communication challenges may need AAC to help them communicate. You may use a basic system first and advance to a technological device, or you may need it for only a short time. Some children may need a method of communication until they begin to speak on their own. We can help find the right AAC system for your child. This could mean the use of a Picture Exchange Communication System or electronic device (e.g., iPad). AAC can help across settings, in school and in the home.
Articulation is the process by which words are formed, and refers to the way speech sounds. The production of sounds involves the coordinated movements of the lips, tongue, teeth, palate, and respiratory system. Children with articulation or fluency disorders may have difficulty making certain sounds or speaking smoothly (stuttering). Speech-language therapy may focus on the development of specific speech sounds.
Social communication skills are important in order for children to fully participate in the world around them. Communicating with others in social situations effectively supports strong relationships, friendships, and smooth every day interactions. For example, children sometimes need support with conversation skills, eye-contact, emotions, and topic maintenance.
Expressive language is the ability to convey your thoughts and messages to others. While a child may understand what is being said to them, challenges with expressive language can make it difficult to put together words and sentences to effectively communicate with others. Speech-language therapy can offer support for communication skills as well as alternative modes of communication such as sign language or devices.
From birth, children learn to communicate in a variety of ways including through eye gazes, gestures and vocalizations. For children who are delayed in their communication skills, intervention can begin at a very young age. Improved ability to communicate reduces frustration as children become older. Speech-language therapy helps children improve their communication skills verbally, by using gestures, sign language or the use of augmentative devices. An important part of intervention includes teaching parents and caregivers skills to stimulate their child’s communication skills. The focus of pediatric speech-language therapy is to support the development of effective communication skills.
What is Speech-Language Therapy?
We provide speech & language services with emphasis on:
Receptive & Expressive language Disorders or Delays
Motor speech, including apraxia
Social and pragmatic deficits
Diagnoses that result in communication difficulties
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Receptive language is the ability to understand words and language. Children who have difficulty understanding language may experience challenges with following directions and responding appropriately to questions and requests. Speech-language pathologists can help children learn to process & understand the information they’re receiving from others.