Communication serves as the foundation to relationships and social interactions, providing a way for your child to express their basic daily wants and needs to communicating partners in their environment. Communication aids in acquiring and applying newly learned information to daily life.
Our speech-language pathologists work with each child based on their individual communication needs. Our therapists also work closely with each child’s family by providing information and support on how to best aid in your child’s continued communication success outside of the therapy room. Our goal is for your child to become a more efficient, confident, and successful communicator across all environments in their daily lives.
Speech-language pathologists are communication specialists who use evidence-based practice to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency (stuttering), and other related services.
Our SLPs provide individualized assessments and treatment plans based on each child’s specific needs. Areas include, but are not limited to:
- Eye contact
- Gestural communication
- Facial expression
- Babbling/sound imitation
- Other non-verbal communication methods that
emerge before verbal communication.
Oral Motor Skills:
- Strength and coordination of facial and mouth muscles
for speech and feeding.
- Addresses drooling, open mouth posture, poor control
of food while eating and unclear speech.
- Click here for more information on feeding/swallowing.
Articulation and Phonology:
- Speech sound production in isolation, words, sentences, and conversation.
Pragmatics (social language):
- Inappropriate behavior or inappropriate
responses to others.
- Turn taking, eye contact, playing & interacting
with peers, & following requests.
- Problem solving
- For children with little or no speech capability,
we can work with the child and family to select and learn how to
use augmentative or alternative communication methods.
- Methods can include any of the following: automated devices,
sign language, or picture exchange communication system (PECS).
PECS is a system that uses picture cards for communication).