The goal of speech therapy is to focus on how your child produces certain sounds. For example, if your child says “tat” for cat or “wike” for like, speech therapy can help your child learn to produce those words the correct way through skilled intervention.
An evaluation will allow the therapist to listen to the way your child produces many words and analyze for any errors that are not appropriate for your child’s age. This is the first step prior to setting up a therapy plan to address the specific concerns.
Language involves the way your child uses words and understands the words you say to them. For example if your child is 2 years old and says about 2-3 words or perhaps your 6 year old is not following basic directions at home when you ask them to complete a task, language therapy can help to build those skills.
Social Language Therapy
Social language involves your child’s ability to say hello and goodbye, play with a friend, and express their emotions in specific situations. For example, if you notice your child does not actively wave or say “hi and bye” or they do not attempt to play with peers at age 5, social language therapy can help to enhance skills through specialized hands-on activities.
An evaluation will allow the therapist to see how many words your child has in the vocabulary, their ability to follow directions, and how well they socialize with peers and adults. This is the first step prior to beginning language therapy and provides the therapist with a base level of skills when compared to their same aged peers.
The goal of stuttering therapy is to learn strategies to help a child deal with repeating words or sounds. For example, if your child is age 5 and states “I want want want want a new ball” or “My bbbbbbball is red”, they may be a good candidate for stuttering therapy to learn techniques specific to reduce frustration.
An evaluation will allow the therapist to see what type of stuttering errors your child presents with and how frequently they occur in order to determine severity. After this is completed, the therapist will create a customized therapy plan to address the rate at which your child speaks.