Speech Language Therapy aids children who need a means of effectively communicating in their natural environment.Activities in therapy may include: making arts and crafts, participating in symbolic play, completing speech drills, identifying and labeling objects/pictures, and reading, writing, or playing games. Activities are fun and motivating so the child is able to take what they learn and utilize it outside of the therapeutic setting.
Each child is treated as an individual with the goal of obtaining functional communication skills in all settings. Initially, an extensive speech and language evaluation will be completed which focuses on five areas of communication; Voice, Articulation, Fluency, Oral Motor and Language skills. A language sample is also obtained to analyze the ability of the child to communicate in a natural setting (i.e. during play, conversation, etc.). During the entire evaluation, the child’s pragmatic skills are also closely observed to determine the appropriate use of eye contact, topic maintenance, turn taking, initiation of topics and symbolic play. The evaluation report provides extensive information regarding a child’s strengths and weaknesses in all areas of communication. Speech therapy will focus on research based strategies for intervention and remediation of specific communication disorders.