SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

Speech and Language Therapy focuses on a child's ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally; from simple gestures and one to two word utterances to more complex skills such as those necessary to sustain a conversation, to successfully engage in social situations, or to read and respond to non-verbal gestures and body language.
Speech and Language Pathologists emphasize receptive and expressive communication, articulation, social pragmatics, feeding, oral-motor skills, voice, fluency and augmentative/alternative communication methods. Our Speech and Language Pathologists are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team so that language can be reinforced across all environments.

Writing

Reading
 Reading is used throughout speech therapy to increase semantic, syntactic, morphological and phonological language skills.


Our speech/language pathologists specialize in the fields:
 
  • Autism
  • Apraxia
  • Speech and language delays
  • Articulation disorders
  • Non-verbal communication needs (augmentative communication)
  • Early intervention


Listed below are Developmental


Hearing and Understanding

 Birth- 3 Months

  • Startles to loud sounds
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to
  • Seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying
  • Increase or decrease sucking behavior in response to sound

 4-6 Months

  • Moves eyes in direction of sounds
  • Responds to changes in tone of your voice
  • Notices toys that make sounds
  • Pays attention to music

 7 Months -1 Year

  • Enjoys games like peek-o-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Turns and looks in direction of sounds
  • Listens when spoken to
  • Recognizes words for common items like "cup", "shoe", "juice"
  • Begins to respond to requests ("Come here" "Want more?")

 1-2 Years

  • Points to a few body parts when asked
  • Follows simple commands and understands simple questions ("Roll the ball")
  • Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes
  • Points to pictures in a book when named

 2-3 Years

  • Understands differences in meaning ("Go-Stop", "Big-Little")
  • Follows two requests ("Get the book and put it on the table.")

 3-4 Years

  • Hears you when you call from another room
  • Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members
  • Understands simple, Who, What, When, Where and Why questions

 4-5 Years

  • Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about it
  • Hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school


Milestones  for  Speech


Talking

 Birth-3 Months

  • Makes pleasure sounds (cooing, gooing)
  • Cries differently for different needs
  • Smiles when sees you

 4-6 Months

  • Babbling sounds more speech-like with many different sounds, including p, b, and m
  • Vocalizes excitement and displeasure
  • Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you

 7 Months-1 Year

  • Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as "tata, upup, bibibi"
  • Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get and keep attention
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Has 1 or 2 words (bye-bye, mama) although they may not be clear

 1-2 Years

  • Says more words every month
  • Uses some 1-2 word questions ("What's that?")
  • Puts 2 words together ("no juice", "more cookie")
  • Uses many different consonant sounds of the beginning of words

 2-3 Years

  • Has a word for almost everything
  • Uses 2-3 word "sentences" to talk about and ask for things
  • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time
  • Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them

 3-4 Years

  • Talks about activities at school or at friends' homes
  • People outside family usually understand child's speech
  • Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words
  • Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words

 4-5 Years

  • Voice sounds clear like other children's
  • Uses sentences that give lots of detail
  • Tells stories that stick to topic
  • Communicates eaily with other children and adults
  • Says most sounds correctly except for a few like, l,s, r, v, ch, sh, th
  • Uses the same grammer as the rest of the family


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