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Many conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, hearing loss, developmental delays, may cause difficulty with speech and language development. Some children may understand language but be unable to communicate due to difficulty with speech. Speech therapy is aimed at improving speech and language skills and oral motor abilities. Children who are able to talk may work on making their speech clearer or on building their language skills by learning new words and la gauge concepts, learning to speak in sentences or improve their listening skills.
There are many different methods used by speech therapists which depend on the particular speech and/or language challenge.
For articulation problems , for example, I may work "inside the mouth" using Popsicle stickler sticks, whistles straws or other items to help the child gain control of the mouth tongue and throat. For children with more global language issues,a play based approach to stimulate communication may be used. For children with disorders that impact the coordination of the mouth produce language (e.g."dyspraxia") and approach may be used where the child attempts to produce/imitate certain sounds repeatedly. I can also help children with severe disabilities learn to use special communication devices such as a computer with a voice synthesizer or a special board covered with symbols of everyday objects to which a child can point to indicate his or her wishes. This is known as assistive technology.
When doing speech therapy with children, motivation can be a roadblock. I may then use speech games, flash cards, hand puppets and reinforcers of all sorts to keep sessions on track and encourage children as well as adults in therapy, to work harder. S once each client with a speech disorder is unique, such therapy will have to be tailored to the needs of the individual. If a child has difficulties saying words that begin with "b" I may suggest daily practice with a list of "b" words, increasing the difficulty as each list is mastered. Other kinds of exercises help children master social skills involved in communicating by teaching them to keep their head up, maintain eye contact and repeat themselves when they are misunderstood.
For most children with severe communication disorders, one on one one treatment is essential. Many children also have a home program which I ask the family to continue between therapy sessions. Speech therapy often uses a child's family and friends to reinforce what is learned in the therapeutic setting. This kind of indirect therapy encourages people who are in close daily contact with a child to creat opportunities for him or her to use their new skills in conversation.
After the initial evaluation, long and short term goals are introduced to the child and their family. Weekly records are kept to review goals on a monthly basis and meetings are held regularly to ascertain progress or lack of progress and and how and if goals need adjusting.
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