WHAT IS SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Pediatric speech and language therapy provides the child with the tools necessary for effective communication. Effective communication is essential in a child's ability to develop friendships, solve problems, seek information, and express their feelings, wants, and needs. The use of competent speech and language skills influence a child's success in academics as well as interpersonal relationships.
Improving Language Skills through Lindamood-Bell
Visualizing and Verbalizing
Our therapists are trained in the Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing program. This program develops concept imagery for both oral and written language. Through a series of steps, students learn to create a mental image and integrate that imagery as a basis for language comprehension and thinking.
Skills targeted include:
Oral language comprehension
Oral language expression
Written language expression
Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluation and Therapy
Sometimes a diagnosis of ADHD is made when the problem is actually rooted in auditory processing difficulty. Our therapists are experts in diagnosing and treating auditory processing disorders.
If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, we recommend an auditory processing evaluation:
Trouble following multi-step directions
Difficulty listening, hearing or focusing
Inattentive or easily distracted
Speech, language or learning challenges
Treating Speech Sound Disorders
Unclear speech impacts a child's ability to interact with adults and peers and can affect the development of language and social skills. A child who is having difficulties being understood might become frustrated which may result in behavior issues. Correct articulation is also important for developing reading and literacy skills. Studies show that children with disordered speech-sound errors are at high risk of reading problems because their phonological awareness skills are compromised.
Executive functioning skills are a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control of behavior.
Successful executive functioning depends on the ability to sequence the steps of a task, prioritize, and engage in "self-talk." Competence in receptive-expressive language is essential. Most of us engage in self-talk subconsciously every day. We wake up and talk to ourselves as we prepare and organize our day.Children and adolescents with executive
function disorder are often too unorganized and scattered to effectively utilize self-talk. Our therapists help a child improve their use of internal language to aid with time management, task initiation, task completion, memory and self-control.
Identifying and Improving Executive Function Disorder
"Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering."
These are the tools that enable people to communicate, learn, ask for help, get needs met in appropriate ways, get along with others, make friends, develop healthy relationships, protect themselves, and in general,interact with the society harmoniously.