Speech Pathologists treat a variety of communication disorders including expressive language, receptive language, pragmatics, articulation, phonology, and fluency. Our team of skilled SLPs work to help children communicate their opinions and needs through sign, words and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication).
An evaluation team will determine if your child qualifies for speech services. Typically speech is recommended if your child is not meeting their communication milestones or is having trouble using communication to effectively make requests, comments or refusals. If you notice your child having difficulty with communication, early intervention services can make a big difference so, we recommend you request an evaluation from your pediatrician rather than taking the "wait and see" method.
In the early intervention setting, we address your child's communication needs through play rather than structured tasks. While it often looks like your therapist is "just playing", they are utilizing therapeutic techniques within activities that are impactful and motivating for your child. For young children, play is in fact work and the activities we use provide a contextually rich scenarios to facilitate language growth.
While there are a variety of strategies that can be implemented, the best thing to do with your child is to keep talking! Model language for them throughout the day by talking about what you are doing, commenting on what you see and giving space for them to try to communicate with you. You can also talk about pictures in a book, sing songs and play. These tasks may seem little but they play a significant role in your child's language development..