What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-Language Therapy focuses on the management of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. To help children overcome their difficulties, the Speech & Language Therapist develops appropriate and fun activities for each child to help them reach their fullest potential!
How can Speech-Language Therapy help your child?
In our centre, our Speech & Language Therapists work with infants and children up to 17 years old. Speech-Language Therapy aims to reduce or overcome the communication or swallowing difficulties that your child is having, through a series of gradual and achievable steps within a treatment plan. Our therapy sessions involve one-to-one therapy, working in small groups, working within a classroom, as well as parental or information counseling. In one-to-one therapy, we use techniques that are well-researched and evident to improve your child’s skills. We also work in close partnership with caregivers, teachers, doctors and other professionals who are working with your child.
Some of the conditions that Speech & Language Therapists work with include: ·
Dysphagia · Feeding Problems (e.g. swallowing, sensitivity to food textures) · Language Comprehension · Language Expression · Speech and Articulation · Stuttering and Fluency · Voice Disorder
What happens during Speech-Language Therapy?
During testing, we will assess your child in his/ her overall communicative or swallowing abilities. We encourage the parents/ caregivers’ presence so that they can assist in providing important information about their children. After assessing your child’s skills, recommendations and advice will be given based on his/ her needs. During an individual session, caregivers are usually invited to observe and participate in the program. The Speech & Language Therapist will demonstrate the use of strategies and teach you how to support your child in a similar way at home. However, it is important to note that some children may focus better when caregivers are absent.
Importance of home program
Home program is tailored to the needs of your child. For a better outcome, it is important to carry over the home program that your Speech & Language Therapist has prescribed to optimize the development of your child. Your child will improve with practice!
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