Speech & Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children and adults who have difficulty with communication. Speech refers to the way that a child verbally communicates and includes 3 areas: Articulation, Voice & Fluency.
Articulation refers to how speech sounds are made. A child with an articulation disorder could have difficulty with producing one particular sound (for example he or she might say “wed” for “red”) or may have several sounds in error. Children with multiple sound errors tend to be more difficult to understand.
Voice refers to the way sounds are produced using the vocal cords. Children with voice disorders could sound very “raspy” or “harsh” or they may have difficulty with using an appropriate speaking volume.
Fluency refers to the forward flowing movement of speech. Children with fluency disorders or “stutters” might repeat whole words (i.e. “I I I want to go outside.”) or just a part of the word (i.e. “M m m m my name is Tim.”) or may have difficulty starting speech and may hesitate or use “filler” words (such as “Ummm,” or “well”) to get started.
Language is a shared communication system and refers to both receptive language (how we are able to understand a message) and expressive language (how we are able to communicate a message to others). Children with language disorders can show a variety of symptoms from mild to severe that could include difficulty with: listening and following directions, using age appropriate vocabulary, communicating socially with peers and adults, eye contact and other nonverbal communication, and following the rules that tell how to put words together to make sentence grammar.
Literacy Concerns in
Speech And Language Therapy Can Address Reading And Literacy Concerns Such As:
Learning/Remembering Letter Names
Learning Letter/Sound Correspondence
Blending Sounds Into Words
Segmenting Words Into Sound
Sounding Out Or Decoding Words
Reading Fluently (Sounds Choppy)
Reading With Good Expression (Sounds Flat)
Writing & Organizing Written Language
(Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays/Papers)
Speech-Language Pathologists do not diagnose dyslexia, but can treat symptoms associated with dyslexia. They can evaluate and treat a child with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia.
Assessments will be completed to evaluate each child’s strengths and weaknesses and determine the course for treatment.
Treatment will be tailored to each child’s individual needs. These literacy-specific services will be offered at Shandy Clinic Helen Hunt