Speech-Language Therapy encompasses a wide array of communication disorders. Therapy may focus on management of articulation, phonological, language, fluency or voice disorders demonstrated by children.
Children receiving articulation therapy are taught the motor component of speech and speech sounds. Correct and incorrect speech sounds are practiced in therapy. Phonological therapy focuses on the linguistic aspect of speech production.
Children with language disorders may have difficulty understanding concepts being presented and/or expressing themselves. Language therapy focuses on strengthening the child’s receptive and expressive language skills that will help them succeed in the classroom. Comprehension, production, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and phonology are different areas of language that may be addressed in speech therapy.
Children who are seen for fluency or stuttering disorders experience an abnormally high frequency and/or duration of stoppages in speech. Different strategies or techniques are taught to help the child have smoother, more fluent speech.
Children with voice disorders may experience disturbances in pitch, loudness, or quality of voice. These children learn strategies to help the quality of their voice.