Speech therapy helps kids with language related leaning issues such as speaking, listening and writing. Speech therapists figure out what kind of language problem a student has. They determine what’s causing it and decide on the best treatment. Speech therapists may help kids build skills by working with them one-on-one, in small groups, or in the classroom. Speech therapy can help kids learn to speak more clearly. This helps them feel more confident and less frustrated about speaking to others. Kids who have language issues can benefit socially, emotionally and academically from speech therapy.
Some of the problems a speech therapist can help with are:
1. Articulation problems: not speaking clearly and making errors in sound
2. Fluency problems: Trouble with the flow of speech, such as stuttering.
3. Resonance or voice problems: Trouble with voice pitch, volume and quality.
4. Oral feeding problems: Difficulty with eating, swallowing and drooling.
A few of the major issues that Speech Therapists help children with are:
1. Receptive language problems: Trouble understanding (receiving) language.
2. Expressive language problems: Trouble speaking (expressing) language.
3. Pragmatic language problems: Trouble using language in socially appropriate ways.
Speech therapy is especially beneficial when kids begin early in life. In one study, 70 percent of preschool kids with language issues who went through speech therapy showed improvement in language skills. Your child’s work with a speech therapist may last for months or even for a few years. It depends on your child’s needs. You will probably see improvement in your child’s issues.
Here at WeCare Allied Health Center, when referred for Speech Therapy, our Speech Therapist will do a comprehensive assessment to assess your child’s problems. The therapy is then catered to the needs of the child to ensure the most effective treatment.