WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Speech-language pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a Speech-language pathologist (SLP), also called speech and language therapist, or speech therapist, who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders.
Our Speech-Language Pathologist can help your child with the following:
Speech Apraxia is when your child understands language and knows what they want to say, but has a hard time saying it. Our goal is to teach your child how to plan the movements that will allow them to say sounds, words, and sentences more clearly.
Receptive language disorders are when your child has difficulty understanding and comprehending language. Your child may have difficulty following directions, answering questions, and responding appropriately in social situations.
An expressive language disorder refers to the difficulty expressing one's wants/needs through verbal and non-verbal communication. Your child may have difficulty with asking questions, naming items, or using gestures appropriately.
ARTICULATION/ PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS
If your child has difficulty with articulation and phonology, this means they have a hard time with producing the sounds. Your child may present with a lisp or have challenges with pronouncing a certain letter, like "r". They may also leave out or use the wrong letters when saying words.
Fluency refers to the smoothness and flow of speech. The most common sign of problems with fluency is stuttering. Pediatric Partners of NC will collaborate with you and your child to develop an individualized treatment plan to best suit your child's needs.
Pragmatics refers to knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it in social situations. Having difficulties with pragmatics can impact your child's daily life such as the ability to form and maintain relationships.