Speech therapy helps children with their communication and swallowing issues. Speech therapists can help children comprehend and use grammar, vocabulary and the social aspects of language and meta-linguistic skills. Our speech therapists specialize in articulation, expressive language, receptive language, feeding therapies, stuttering, oral motor, social language, phonetics and more.
Pediatric speech therapy treats many different communication challenges as well as oral-motor concerns and fluency/stuttering. A speech disorder is characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds correctly, substituting sounds for a different sound, deleting sounds in words when talking, adding sounds or changing the order of sounds. If your child is difficult to understand, is not saying words or has trouble putting words together, speech therapy would be beneficial.
Language is composed of expressive and receptive language as well as pragmatic/social language. Therapy for expressive language will focus on your child’s ability to express their thoughts and feelings. This also includes vocabulary and use of grammar. Therapy for receptive language focuses on your child’s ability to process and understand language including following directions. Pragmatic language therapy targets the use of socially appropriate language use and understanding.
Children with the following diagnoses may benefit from speech therapy: