Happy new year! Somehow we blinked, and an entire year has passed and 2017 is here. As we start out the new year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help you and your loved ones.
In the past, speech therapists were mostly known for helping individuals with speech impediments, like stuttering or a lisp. But over the years speech-language pathologists have come to play many more roles than most people realize. Here are just a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help make a difference for you and your family:
Literacy: If your child is having difficulty with reading or writing, a speech-language pathologist can help! A speech-language pathologist can help identify the root of a literacy issue, and help a child to boost the ability to hear and identify the sounds that make up words (phonological awareness). A speech therapist can also work with a classroom teacher to determine literacy demands at different grade levels, and help develop coping strategies to prevent the child from falling behind
Social Language: There are social rules for communication that most people pick up effortlessly as they develop language. But for many children (particularly those on the autistic spectrum), learning to use social language can be a challenge. Speech therapists can help people learn social language skills such as maintaining and changing a topic, conversational turn-taking, and reading your listener’s body language and facial expressions.
Delayed Speech and Language: Every parent eagerly awaits their child’s first words. But what happens when those words don’t come when you expect them to? Speech therapists are trained in the specifics of child-language development and can help you determine whether a language delay is typical or cause for concern. In therapy, the speech therapist will work to stimulate language development, using the child’s current skills as a starting point. A speech-language pathologist can also provide counseling to parents in how to help their child at home too.
Check in with us again next week when we’ll talk about more ways a speech-language pathologist can make a difference in your life!
If you have any questions or would like to know more about speech-language therapy, give us a call at (212) 308-7725 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.
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