SMC provides individual speech and language therapy. Speech and language therapies address a variety of deficits that impact social communication.
Speech is the verbal means of communicating and includes articulation, voice, and fluency.
Speech therapy targets problems in articulation, voice and fluency.
Articulation-how speech sounds are made
Voice- use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce (speech)
Fluency- the rhythm of speech
Language therapy can address deficits in socially shared rules that include the following areas:
What words mean
How to put words together
What word combinations are best in what situations (social language)
Social language (pragmatics)
using language for different purposes
changing language according to the needs of listener or situation
following rules of conversation
In addition language therapy can focus on receptive language (comprehension) and/or expressive language (difficulties sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings).
We often see parents placing great emphasis on speech and less on the development of language. A child must have the words to speak in order to be an effective social communicator (social pragmatics).
Language deficits and disorders impact a child’s social and academic learning capacity. When a child is struggling in the following areas, language testing may identify the source of the learning barrier:
Difficulty following/understanding directions
Difficulty learning vocabulary
Problems understanding instruction(s) Difficulty retaining information
Reading comprehension problems
Difficulty putting ideas into words
Difficulty putting words into organized sentences
Trouble getting others to understand what they are trying to communicate
Social isolation-unwilling to participate in class
Interferes with ability to demonstrate what is learned
At SMC all speech and language interventions are preceded by a speech & language assessment testing and a comprehensive plan of care.