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Speech Therapy

What is Speech Therapy?

The purpose of speech therapy is to establish a reliable means of communication for a child so they may be able to communicate their wants and/or needs reliably/effectively to those around them, across all environments.

Speech Therapist
Speech Therapy

Common Areas Addressed
in Speech Therapy:

  • Articulation – how a child produces speech sounds

  • Fluency – this refers to the smoothness and rate for speech production. For example, addressing stuttering.

  • Receptive Language – the ability to understand and comprehend spoken or written language. For example, a child’s ability to follow directions accurately.

  • Expressive Language – the child’s ability to express what they want or need through verbal or nonverbal communication. This may include the child’s ability to label/name common objects, produce single words, and combine words together to produce phrases and/or sentences, ask and answer a variety of WH questions appropriately, etc.

  • Pragmatics – social skills. For example, targeting a child’s ability to communicate to others and build/maintain relationships with like-aged peers.

  • AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication (this includes no tech, low tech, and high-tech options) We are passionate about finding the best way for a child to communicate whether this is through picture cards, a device with a speech application, a combination of both, etc.

Speech therapy addresses many different areas; this is not an all-inclusive list.

Common Diagnoses Treated in Speech Therapy:

  • Autism

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Delays

  • Cleft Lip/Palate

  • Speech Sound Disorders

  • Language Delays/Disorders

  • Stuttering

  • Genetic Syndromes/Conditions 

  • Neurologic Conditions

Speech therapy treats a variety of diagnoses; this is not an exhaustive list.

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