Services Include evaluating and treating disorders of:
As well as the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems e.g. sign language, gesture systems, communication boards, electronic devices, and mechanical devices.
The use of words and gestures to communicate to others.
Understanding words and gestures of others.
The ability to play and problem solve with toys and same-aged peers.
Social use of language. Children who struggle with pragmatics may need help learning how to use language, understanding how language changes based on listener or setting, and following rules of conversation or storytelling.
Refers to the continuity, smoothness, rate, and effort of speech production. Everyone has disfluencies in their speech. However, sometimes childen show abnormal difficulty with one or more of these areas and need help developing strategies.
Producing speech sounds, and ultimately words and sentences, using motor movements of the jaw, lips, and tongue.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
A motor speech disorder that makes it hard to speak. Children often understand language and know what they want to say but have difficulty with the complex movement needed for intelligible speech.
Ability to understand speech. With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), the way the brain translates those sounds is disrupted, resulting in jumbled messages.
Children who experience hearing loss may need help learning how to listen, make sounds, or how to get their needs and wants met. Hearing and speech are heavily connected.
The communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments.