What is Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy?
In general, a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) addresses delays or disorders of communication and swallowing with patients of all ages. In the pediatric setting Speech-Language Therapy works with children on every aspect of speech production, including understanding and appropriately using vocabulary, grammar and all of the social aspects of language. At Kids Therapy Made Simple our SLPs use a play-based approach to address a child’s unique and specific needs.
How do I know if my child needs Speech-Language Therapy?
If your child experiences any of the following, you may want to consult with an SLP:
- Not babbling or producing any sound
- Unable to get needs met through either vocalization or gesturing
- Does not have any words (by 18 months)
- Other individuals are not able to understand at least 50% of what your child is saying (by 2 years of age)
- Is only using one word at a time rather than stringing together 2-3 words to express themselves (by 3 years of age)
- Is unable to say a range of different sounds (e.g. ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘t’, ‘w’, ‘n’)
- Struggles to find the correct word to say, often experiences difficulty thinking of what to say
- Their social and peer interactions are suffering as a result of their communication (e.g. eye contact, play skills, turn taking, understanding facial expressions, knowing how to make friends)
- Does not understand questions asked of them in unfamiliar situations
- Is not able to answer ‘w’ questions (who, what, where, when and why)
- Is not able to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end
What are some Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy Interventions used at Kids Therapy Made Simple?
- Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
- Complete Speech
- Phonological Processing
- Developmental Play Therapy
- Language Intervention
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) / Assistive Technology – often integrated through apps on an iPad