Communication has many components and all serve to increase the way people interact and learn about the world around them. When difficulties with communication arise, quality of life can be greatly affected.
Speech language pathologists assist people with communication difficulties in various ways. We provide individualized treatment, consult with teachers and other professionals, and work closely with families to develop goals and effective techniques for home. Comprehension and use of language become more complex as students get older and reading and writing are the focus in the classroom. Therefore, strong foundational communication skills are at the heart of the educational experience.
Speech language therapy involves one-to-one treatment to overcome difficulties involved with a specific disorder or delay. The speech language pathologist uses pictures, books, games, toys and objects to stimulate speech and language within a natural environment. Modeling correct production and use of repetitive exercises help to build new skills while allowing for maximum carryover. The level of play is always age appropriate and relates to the child's specific needs.
The Difference Between
Speech and Language
Speech refers to the efficiency and quality of a child's verbalizations. A speech language pathologist may look at the way speech sounds are formed (i.e., "wabbit" for "rabbit"), the flow of speech (fluency) and the quality of voice (hoarseness or nasality).
Language represents the ability to understand and/or use words in a meaningful way. Speech language pathologists address a variety of language skills including: the use of words and their meanings, the ability to express ideas and answer questions, grammatical patterns, comprehension of spoken language, reading comprehension, writing skills and social language development.