SPEECH  & LANGUAGE THERAPY

ARTICULATION THERAPY

The goal of articulation therapy is to help your child produce challenging sounds and achieve age-appropriate speech. Some sounds develop earlier, like b, p, m, or w. Other sounds take longer to learn, like s, z, v, or th. Your child may substitute one sound for another, leave sounds out, add sounds, or change a sound, making it hard for others to understand him/her. Most children can say almost all speech sounds correctly by 4 years old. A speech sound disorder refers to difficulties with motor production and/or the phonological representation of sounds and speech segments. Articulation therapy is personalized to meet your child’s individual needs and help them produce speech sounds accurately. 

Dana is PROMPT Certified. PROMPT is an acronym for Prompt for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.

 

Treatment may include the following:

  • Learning the correct way to make sounds

  • Learning to tell when sounds are right or wrong

  • Practicing sounds in different words

  • Practicing sounds in longer sentences

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LANGUAGE THERAPY

A child may have difficulty understanding what others say, may struggle to put thoughts into words, or both.

You may notice that your child has a limited vocabulary, sentences are short, ungrammatical and incomplete. They may speak in short two-word sentences and have trouble answering questions.

A language disorder is not the same as a hearing issue or a speech disorder. Children with language disorders typically have no trouble hearing or pronouncing words. Their challenge is mastering and applying the rules of language, like grammar. They aren’t simply “late talkers.” Without treatment, their communication problems will continue and may lead to emotional issues and academic struggles.

TYPES OF LANGUAGE DISORDERS

  • Receptive language disorders involve difficulty understanding what others are saying

  • Expressive language disorders involve difficulty expressing thoughts and ideas

  • Mixed receptive-expressive language disorders involve difficulty understanding and using spoken language

 

EARLY SIGNS OF A LANGUAGE DISORDER

  • Smaller vocabulary than other students of the same age

  • Uses limited sentence structure or struggles to put words together to form a sentence

  • Trouble describing a topic or series of events

  • Unable to follow instructions or ask and answer questions

  • May appear detached from others at school or home

  • Doesn’t show appropriate emotions, such as laughing at jokes

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