Speech & Language Therapy
How do I know if testing or screening is right for my child?
Each assessment begins with an initial hour long session with one of our qualified Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) so we can obtain background information, the reason for your concerns, and meet with your child. At that time, you and our SLP can decide whether further assessment or intervention is beneficial and necessary.
What is the difference between a speech disorder and a language disorder?
A speech disorder signifies a difficulty with the production of sounds and words. A language disorder refers to a problem in understanding or piecing together words to communicate.
Speech disorders can be categorized in the following ways;
Articulation; such as the inability to produce certain sounds and words.
Fluency; an interrupted flow of speech characterized by stammering, cluttering, slurring etc.
Voice disorders; problems with voice quality, pitch and volume.
Delayed speech; slow language development.
Aphasia; loss of the ability to speak or understand language, perhaps via physical or emotional trauma.
Language disorders can be categorized in the following ways;
Receptive disorders; problems understanding or processing language.
Expressive disorders; the inability to use language in a socially appropriate way, limited vocabulary (commonly seen with children with multiple languages, or dyslexia).
Cognitive-communication disorders; difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, organization, problem solving etc.
We also work with children who suffer from dysphagia (oral) disorders that may affect eating, chewing, swallowing etc.
How can Speech and Language Therapy help my child?
Our number one goal is to improve communication skills. Each child will have a different outcome depending on their particular abilities. However, we work to achieve the following for all of our children:
Improved vocal quality
The ability to express thoughts, ideas and feelings effectively
Development of practical social skills
Intelligible speech – so your child is understood by others
The ability to problem solve
Appropriate preparation for a school environment
Better quality of life
How many sessions does my child need?
The length of treatment can vary. After the initial assessment, our Speech Language Pathologist will have a better idea of the child’s abilities and goals and will determine an appropriate treatment plan. Consistency is important - as is the support at home and school.
When should my child begin therapy?
The earlier the better. Research shows that children who receive treatment before the age of 6 are more receptive to treatment. But that doesn’t mean that adolescents shouldn’t partake in therapy.
What will my child’s treatment involve?
Our Speech Language Pathologist will use a variety of strategies throughout each session. They will interact with your child through talking, play, books etc. to stimulate language development - the experience is multisensory in order to get the most out of the child. Age-appropriate language and articulation modelling and repetition exercises will also be utilized in order to build skills.
We encourage proactive parenting. If you have any questions about your child’s development, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.