Therapy to enhance communication
Speech therapy encompasses many things: articulation, feeding challenges, communication skills such as processing auditory messages, critical thinking and the development of social skills. Whether it is strengthening the motor skills necessary for eating and speaking, or developing social skills for effective communications, our speech-language pathologists are trained in various evidence-based treatments to help your child reach his or her full potential.
Our experienced speech therapists help children in the following areas:
- Oral motor skills: which focuses on the strength, coordination and control of the movements in the mouth, jaw, tongue, lips and cheek muscles for eating and speaking.
- Expressive language development: which is important to successful communication skills such as requesting, protesting, social interaction, labeling and describing, sharing feelings and providing information.
- Receptive language development: to build active listening skills, sustained attention, ability to follow directions, vocabulary and concept development and an overall understanding of spoken language.
- Executive dysfunction: which strongly relates to language and learning difficulties. Executive function development helps the child with time management, impulse control, self-regulation and critical thinking skills such as problem solving, organization, planning, sequencing, self-monitoring and mental flexibility.
- Social skill development: which teaches the unwritten rules for language usage in different situations and with different people including skills like repairing conversational breakdowns, reading non-verbal language, relationship building, socio-emotional awareness and self-advocacy.
- Self-help: to develop tools and help maintain positive behaviors in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger. For instance, a child could ask an adult for help or use an alternative means of expression like writing about feelings).
Our speech therapy program can benefit children with:
- Articulation challenges
- Fluency deficits
- Social skill deficits
- Central auditory processing disorder
- Cognitive communication disorder
- Feeding challenges