Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

The need for speech therapy depends on many factors. Speech and language problems are not uncommon in children. Kids progress and develop at different rates. Because of this, it may be easy for a parent or pediatrician to overlook atypical communication development and the need for speech therapy. Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) are specialists in this area and we use many tools to determine the need for therapeutic intervention. … Read More

10 Repetitive Children’s Storybooks You Should Own

All books are excellent tools for encouraging language development. Predictable and repetitive children’s books are great for children with language disorders, especially those who have childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). The repetitive nature of these books reduces the “cognitive load,” allowing the child to focus on comprehension (language) and production (articulation) of the content. Books provide new vocabulary in context, provide visuals to help aid in comprehension, … Read More

How Speech Therapists Treat Articulation Disorders

Some children have difficulty pronouncing words for unknown reasons. Others may struggle due to structural differences of the oral cavity or motor planning disorders. Correction of articulation errors is necessary, as speech-sound disorders place children at-risk for reading [and writing] difficulties. Children with moderately disordered sound systems tend to have poor auditory, phonological, and verbal memory skills (Sies, Taylor, Freebairn, Hansen, & Lewis 2007). EVALUATION To correct articulation … Read More