A Little Support from Speech therapist does wonders!

Speech Therapy is a method of treatment to improve communication and language skills. Through assessment, training, exercises, and modeling, speech therapists work to improve language abilities and social interactions. Speech and language intervention can address problems occurring in adults or children involving either Speech, the actual formation of words and sounds, or Language, understanding, speaking, and communicating.

Speech and Language Therapy provides interventions to address the physical components of articulation disorders, the communication skills necessary for verbal interactions, and the semantics of language disorders. Speech can also address the complex issues involved in issues with eating and feeding, providing therapy treatment to improve feeding and swallowing.

Speech Therapy treats the whole person to improve communication, increase independence and self-esteem, and provide a better quality of life.

Who Needs Speech Therapy?

Speech Therapy is beneficial for adults and children of any age. Speech Therapy for children can be especially effective in addressing developmental delays as they grow. Individuals struggling with expressing themselves, understanding others, or regulating the tone and pace of their speech can all benefit from speech intervention. Children struggling with eating and feeding can also benefit from treatment to address their feeding and swallowing skills. Your child may benefit from Speech Therapy to address:

  • Articulation Disorders: difficulty with forming specific sounds while speaking. Children with articulation disorders may lisp or distort certain sounds in their speech, such as saying “wed” instead of “red”. They may also omit letters in their words, referring to a “poon” rather than a “spoon”. Articulation disorders may also result in adding syllables to words or struggling with the formation of letter sounds.
  • Fluency Disorders: resulting in the interruption of the flow of natural speech patterns. While all speakers have natural disruptions in their speech (think “um and uh”), fluency disorders result in an unnatural rate and rhythm of speech. Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder, resulting in disruption of the rhythm of natural speech. Cluttering, the unnatural grouping of words or the omission of parts of words (such as “turn the televisoff”), is another fluency disorder that Speech Therapy can address.
  • Receptive Language Disorders: lead to difficulty understanding and processing spoken and written language. Those with receptive language disorders are not limited in hearing but struggle to connect the words they hear with meaning. Although this disorder has nothing to do with an individual’s intelligence, there can be a disconnect in processing what is seen or heard. This disconnect can result in “tuning out”, trouble following directions, and frustration at difficulty with understanding others.
  • Expressive Language Disorders: difficulty with expressing thoughts in meaningful language. This can limit communication skills and leads to frequently using “placeholder” words, such as “thing” or “stuff”, and struggling to find the appropriate words to convey their meaning.
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders: affect communication skills in their fundamental components. These can include memory, attention, focus, organizational skills, and organizational skills.
  • And many other diagnoses!
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How Does a Speech Therapist Help Your Child?

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A Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is an expert in communication. SLPs receive extensive training in treatments and interventions that address communication and language skills and the processes of feeding and swallowing. Speech Therapy provided by SLPs can work to prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat speech, language, communication, and feeding/swallowing disorders.

SLPs are also trained in providing alternative communication forms for children and adults with severe expressive language limitations. These professionals understand the complexities of speech sounds, language composition, and social communication. In addition, they understand and assess voice quality, fluency, and the cognitive elements of communication, such as thinking skills.

An SLP is also extensively trained in the complicated processes of eating and feeding. Dysfunction of an individual’s ability to chew and swallow may lead to further health problems. As a result, the treatment of swallowing disorders (also known as dysphagia) is an essential element of Speech Therapy.

Speech Therapy for children usually incorporates all of these components into play activities that will best engage your child. Through arts and crafts, modeling conversations, and games, an SLP will work to bring a child out of their shell and improve their interactions with others. By providing exercises for the muscles involved in speech sounds, modeling the proper function of speech and tone, and practicing specific phonological components, a speech therapist can address a variety of speech disorders. Therapeutic play and intentional practice can address language disorders, and an SLP can also provide compensatory strategies to help children who struggle to understand or express themselves. Board games, interactive play, and conversation opportunities can also help strengthen the cognitive components of communication, such as working memory and problem-solving.

Speech Therapy for Children at Super Psyched Support

Here at Super Psyched Support, we provide personalized attention for every child receiving Speech Therapy. Our one-on-one treatment sessions allow the child to express themselves freely as they learn new strategies to improve their communication skills. In addition, our Speech Therapists train extensively on best practices to treat speech dysfunction, language disorders, and communication difficulties. We also provide Feeding Therapy to address problems with swallowing.

 

Our therapists combine their years of clinical experience with the latest updated research to reach your child’s fullest potential. All disciplines collaborate to work as a team, engaging the child to draw them out of their shell and maximize their independence, confidence, and self-expression. Every child deserves to have their voice heard, and our Speech Therapy department here at Super Psyched Support can help your child find their voice and use it well.