How does speech & language therapy help?
SLPs help with communication problems that include:
*Speech sounds, also called articulation – how we say sounds and put them together in words. Children may say one sound for another, leave out a sound or have problems saying certain sounds clearly.
*Some children are not able to speak at all and need help learning other ways to communicate.
*Language – vocabulary, concepts and grammar. Includes how well words are used and understood. Language problems can lead to reading and writing problems too.
*Social communication – how to take turns, how close to stand to someone when talking, how to start and stop a conversation and following the rules of conversation.
*Voice – how we sound when we speak. The voice may sound hoarse or nasal. A child may lose his/her voice easily, or may speak in a voice that’s too loud, too soft, too high or too low.
*Stuttering – also called a fluency disorder is how well our speech flows. Children may have trouble starting to speak or may repeat sounds, syllables, words or phrases.
*Thinking and memory, also called cognitive communication – includes problems with long term or short term memory, attention, problem solving or staying organized.