As the beginning of the school year approaches, parents of children with communication disorders may be thinking about the services their child will receive in school. Speech-language pathology services offered in schools are a great option: in addition to being funded by the school, they’re also specifically focused on the child’s academic achievement. Unfortunately, because of this very specific focus on academic achievement, sometimes school-based services aren’t the best option.
Often a speech or language disorder may not be treated within the school because it is not viewed as directly affecting the child’s ability to achieve academically. This is often the case with articulation disorders, such as a lisp. A child who is having difficulty pronouncing certain speech sounds, but is otherwise performing well in school may not be provided speech therapy services. However, although the articulation disorder may not directly affect academic performance, it can cause other issues which prevent a child from attaining their potential in school. Often an articulation disorder can breed feelings of shame or embarrassment, causing a child to participate less in the classroom. Difficulty with pragmatic skills or social use of language is also a common reason to seek speech-language therapy services outside of the school. Just like articulation issues, the social use of language may not be viewed as directly affecting academic achievement. However, the ability to use language appropriately in the classroom and with peers is essential to forming relationships and communicating effectively. If these skills aren’t learned, the effects can often be felt throughout an individual’s life, causing difficulty in professional and personal relationships.
Over time, “non-academic” communication disorders can cause low self-esteem, social difficulties, and affect school performance. In these cases, seeking speech-language therapy services outside of the school is often the best option.A speech-language pathologist can work with a child one-to-one and target their specific areas of difficulty to create a personalized therapy plan that will help them to improve their communication, and head off future social and academic issues.
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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