What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapists work with children and their families to build speech, language, and social communication skills. Through the use of exercises, activities, and strategies, SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists or Speech Therapists) can help kids with various needs improve their communication skills.
What does Speech Therapy look like?
When working with infants, toddlers, and school-age children, speech therapy interventions may address:
- Saying sounds/words clearly and correctly
- Following directions
- Using correct pronouns
- Using full sentences with correct word order
- Answering questions
- Being understood by others
- Making and keeping friends
- Taking Turns
- Maintaining a topic of conversation
- Understanding sarcasm and humor
- Reading, writing or spelling
- Rhyming words
- Learning new vocabulary
Does my child need Speech Therapy?
Signs that your child may benefit from a speech therapy evaluation include:
- Difficulty saying sounds/words/sentences correctly
- Difficulty understanding directions
- Difficulty understanding classroom materials
- Difficulty with reading, writing or spelling
- Show signs of frustration or avoidance
- Have “slushy” or unclear speech
- Have a rough or hoarse voice
- Use a voice that is too quiet
- Repeat sounds, words, or phrases multiple times
- Appear to get “stuck” while trying to speak