As a parent, you want the best for your child. You want them to be successful in life. You want them to have opportunities that they may not otherwise have had. And you want them to enjoy their childhood. Your…
By: Blair Gorenberg MA, CCC-SLP Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work in various settings worldwide to help individuals of all ages with speech, language, cognitive, communication, and swallowing delays and disorders. Enrolling your child in speech therapy is one of the most beneficial…
and language. But what did speech therapy look like when it first started?
Speech therapists use a variety of materials to stimulate speech and language. One of the most versatile stimuli you can use in therapy is a picture scene.
It’s difficult to understand the sequence of events that must occur in the body in order for just one sound to be produced. In the blink of an eye, the brain sends messages to tell the mouth exactly how to move. These messages allow for the muscle coordination necessary to produce sounds, words, and sentences. When there is a breakdown in communication between the brain and the mouth, a child may demonstrate unusual speech patterns or may not be able to talk at all. This breakdown is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
There’s a common misconception that speech therapy is only meant for kids who can’t say words with “r.” While issues producing sounds can definitely be addressed, speech therapists are trained to work with children and adults who struggle with so many other concerns, such as a limited vocabulary, following directions, reading and writing, organization, and critical thinking.
Childhood is an exciting time full of changes and growth. Though there are norms that children typically follow throughout their development, meeting speech and language milestones may look different for your child. When your child isn’t following the “normal” flow of development, speech therapists are here to help! Whether your child struggles with eye contact, following directions, talking, or speech that is difficult to understand, it is never too early to seek intervention from a speech therapist. Here are some questions to help guide you through the early intervention process.
Everyone experiences disfluencies while speaking, which include pauses, disruptions, and repetitions of words. However, there is a fine line between a “normal” amount of disfluencies and an excessive and persistent presence of disfluencies, otherwise known as stuttering. Stuttering presents as a frequent disruption of the forward flow of speech.
From recording videos to filling out a journal, parents are overcome with joy at the opportunity to document every milestone their child hits. But when children don’t follow the “normal” path of development, parents are left wondering when they will catch up to their peers.
Imaginative play is the act of demonstrating or role-playing real-life experiences or events the child would like to experience. Imaginative play is an integral part of both language development and play skill development. Here at The Therapy Place, our therapists…