As exciting as a child’s language development is, it can also be a source of stress for a lot of parents. Should my child be talking already? Are they using enough words? Could something be wrong? Last week, we discussed some frequently asked questions about childhood language delays, from causes to when to seek out services. Today, we’ll talk about some of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help a child with delayed speech and language.
An evaluation by a certified speech therapist is one of the first steps in getting your child on the road to communication. Depending on your child’s age, the speech-language pathologist will evaluate a variety of communication skills, including clarity of speech, vocabulary, non-verbal communication, and interaction patterns. If it does appear that your child has a language delay or disorder, the speech pathologist will use the evaluation to determine their personal strengths and weaknesses to better tailor therapy to their needs.
Speech-language pathologists are trained in the specifics of child-language development. This means that they are not only able to determine the level of language typical for your child’s age, but can also determine which speech and language skills should be developed next in a natural progression. In therapy, the speech therapist will communicate at your child’s level, but also model the speech and language forms that should follow developmentally.
Therapy in early childhood is often play-based, and uses a child’s interests to help develop communication. The speech-language pathologist will create interactive situations that necessitate speech and communication. For older children, games and activities targeting specific speech and language goals are often used. Making communication fun and helping children to enjoy the process is a key part of successful therapy!
Do you think your child may benefit from speech-language therapy services? Call us today for an evaluation! For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at http://www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!
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