Speech Therapy treats delays and disorders in the areas of speech, voice, language communication, social pragmatics, swallowing, feeding, and cognition. A speech therapist will use a variety of treatment methods to improve a child's ability to communicate wants and needs, understand others, improve fluency of language, articulation, and improve memory and retention. A speech therapist can also evaluate and treat children with feeding and swallowing concerns to safely manage liquids and foods as well as increasing variety in their diet.
A speech therapy treatment session will last 30 minutes depending on the child’s attention and endurance. During a typical treatment session, the therapist will plan fun and play-based activities geared towards each child. Activities may include flashcards, board games, turn-taking, snack time, reading books, drawing, and games in the mirror.
Children who can benefit from speech therapy may have been diagnosed with:
Every child is different. Some children benefit from a short period of therapy sessions to address concerns with language fluency and articulation. Some children may benefit from a longer duration to help them effectively communicate and better interact with the world. Therapy is beneficial as long as the child enjoys it and is gaining or improving skills based on development.