Speech and Language TherapyMany children demonstrate difficulties understanding language (comprehension) and using language (expressive). We recognize that language is used to communicate our needs, feelings and ideas with those around us. When a child has difficulty understanding and using language, it has the potential to affect his/her social development, emotional development and academic development. Problems associated with understanding and using language are often categorized as a language delay. There are a variety of possible causes for a language delay and we can provide suggestions and therapy to improve his/her language skills.
Some children often demonstrate difficulty producing speech sounds. Speech articulation requires the correct production of sounds to form words. Children need words to communicate. It is not uncommon for young children to have difficulty producing specific speech sounds. Speech sound development is often related to the child's chronological age and may not be a problem. If your child is difficult to understand or you are concerned about his or her speech development, testing should be done to determine the nature of your child's problem and make recommendations for treatment.Other children may exhibit non-fluent speech (stuttering) or may use an inappropriate pitch, volume, or quality of voice. These speech disorders may make it difficult for a child to communicate successfully in the classroom.The role of the speech and language specialist in the school-based setting is to provide speech and language therapy services to students, provide advice to teachers in developing classroom activities and goals to improve students' oral and written communication, and to work cooperatively with other specialists and staff in the school, as well as parents. Speech and language specialists identify and provide intervention for students with disorders in the areas of language, speech articulation, fluency, and voice. Speech and language services are often delivered to students in a variety of school settings, accoroding to an Individualized Education Program (IEP).If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, please contact the school Child Study Team.