Speech / Language Therapy
Children naturally want to communicate. Newborn infants communicate hunger and discomfort by crying and as children grow their communication becomes more complicated and complex. Speech-Language Pathologists/Speech Therapists (STs) can evaluate how children understand language, respond to language, interact and communicate with others. STs help children learn how to follow directions, use gestures meaningfully, use words and phrases to communicate, answer and ask questions, use language in a social situation appropriately, etc.
At Assential Therapies, our STs offer parent education about each child’s challenges and diagnosis. We then help the families to learn new strategies to help support their child’s receptive and expressive language development. We also can help families to learn and use different communication strategies if needed, including: PECS, sign language, assistive technology/communication devices, etc. Our STs have access to our multi-disciplinary team to help to coordinate care and to treat the whole child and family. We work with a variety of medical professionals and specialists including pediatricians, ENTs, audiologists, school district staff, etc.
Who Should Benefit?
Many parents and families have questions about how their children understand language and communicate with others. Some of the children who may benefit from an evaluation and treatment may include the following conditions:
- Delayed speech
- Congenital orofacial anomalies such as cleft-lip palate
- Genetic syndromes e.g. Down Syndrome, Prader-Wille syndrome, Rett syndrome etc.
- Neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, developmental dyspraxia, microcephaly, etc.
- Autism / PDD
- Articulation phonological disorders
- Deaf / Hard-of-hearing / hearing loss
- Voice disturbances such as hyper/hypo - nasality, puberphonia
- Non-verbal children requiring use of assistive technology for communication
- Language disorders
- Acquired Speech Language Disorders
- Dyslexia/Reading Problems
Difficulties with communication, receptive and expressive language difficulties and concerns can be addressed through evaluation and treatment as needed in individual or group Speech Therapy.
- Comprehensive initial evaluations
- Team evaluations when appropriate
- Individual Speech Language Therapy
- Aural Rehab ServicesA speech therapy treatment approach used in helping children/adults who are deaf or hard of hearing develop speech-language/communication skills.
- Articulation TherapySpeech therapy focused on improving a child’s intelligibility while speaking words and phrases.
- Augmentative / alternative communicationAny communication strategies and/or modalities (other than speaking) that are used to express a child’s thoughts, needs, and wants. when appropriate
- IEP ConsultationsTherpists will provide an evaluation of a child and work with the school staff and family to develop and implement an appropriate individualized Education Plan (IEP) with their local school district.
- Collaboration with other disciplines such as Occupational Therapy when child has sensory integration needs or Physical Therapy when child has significant motor needs