If all my possessions were taken
from me with one exception, I
would choose to keep the power
of communication; for by it,
I would regain the rest.
- Daniel Webster
Activities to Encourage Speech & Language Development
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers these age-appropriate ways that parents can engage their young children to help develop speech and language abilities.
Early Identification of Speech-Language Delays and Disorders
If your child hasn't started speaking by age one and or you are worried about their speech and language skills, there may be a concern. Early identification is key. They need to receive treatment before school begins so they won't miss out on essential pre-reading skills. Learn what the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has to say about early identification, evaluation, and speech-language treatments.
Reading Together: Tips for Parents with Children with Speech and Language Disorders
Children with speech and language problems may have trouble sharing their thoughts with words or gestures. They may also have a hard time saying words clearly and understanding spoken or written language. Reading to your child and having her name objects in a book or read aloud to you can strengthen her speech and language skills.
We provide screenings, evaluations, and therapy services to help children and adults with a variety of speech and language disorders, including: articulation (speech sound) disorders, apraxia of speech, oral-motor difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, stuttering and fluency disorders, vocal disorders, and swallowing difficulties.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
We work with dentists, orthodontists, physicians, dental hygentists, ear nose and throat specialists, and speech-language pathologists to evaluate and provide treatment to patients with orofacial myofunctional disorders to restore appropriate open mouth postures, which can affect speech sounds as well as swallowing.
We are able to assess and treat children with pragmatic language or social language difficulties. Our programs include social skill groups. In addition, we provide counseling and support of individuals and families with disorders and so they can learn how to cope with stress associated with these deficits. We also work with families on treatment techniques to use at home and on how to modify behavior that interferes with communication.