Typically, when we think of a Speech Language Pathologist, we think of someone who helps children master their “r” sound or “l” sound. Speech-language therapy is so much more than that!
By definition, Speech-language therapy is an area of expertise whereby a speech-language pathologist works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults (http://asha.org). Speech language therapy can target pragmatic language,which is the social language we use with others. This includes body position, turn taking, and perspective taking. This aspect also helps children with their individual social interactions such as knowing when it is there turn to talk and staying on topic. Speech-language therapy also addresses expressive language (understanding what is being said to you), receptive language (being able to correctly express your thoughts to others), articulation (making correct speech sounds), phonological awareness (understanding and being able to manipulate each sound of the alphabet), and swallowing disorders. This website gives more information about each of these areas: http://www.asha.org/Students/Speech-Language-Pathologists/ This link is a terrific resource for understanding milestones for children: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/
Therapy can take place any time of life from pediatrics to geriatrics in a private practice, in your home, a hospital, a school, rehabilitation facilities or long-term care facilitates. Speech Pathologists begin with testing to determine the exact area of needs to address.
I would love to connect with you to give you more information about what speech-language therapy would look like for your child. After evaluating your child’s needs, we will sit down together and go over the results and answer all of your questions. I’ll show you the areas of needs that I can address through speech-language therapy and give you tips for helping your child at home. Not sure if speech-language therapy is what your child needs or have further questions? Please reach out to me and we can schedule a time to talk on the phone to answer all of your questions.
You can contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Speech-language therapy in the subject line. I look forward to talking with you!