Speech and Language Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologists are specialists who evaluate and treat individuals with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders.
Treatment approaches vary depending on the nature and severity of the deficit, the age of the individual, and the individual's awareness of the issue. Speech therapy services may be delivered individually, in groups, or in consultation with other members of the child's therapy team.
Areas of Focus:
- The comprehension of spoken or written language
- Communication via electronic devices, pictures, gestures, communication boards, etc.
- The ability to communicate with others
- Rules and use of language in social situations
- The production of speech sounds
- Attention, memory, abstract reasoning, and executive function skills
Auditory Processing Disorders
- Patterns of sound errors contributing to unintelligible speech
- The inability to understand spoken language in the absence of a hearing problem
- Aversions to certain foods, difficulty swallowing, poor oral motor control
- Disruptions in the flow of speech (stuttering)