How A Speech Therapist Can Help

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Communication is an essential skill that is needed by everyone – young or old. Without it, reaching one’s full potential is nearly impossible. In order to help your child develop this skill set, sometimes, speech therapists can help in more ways than one.

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How A Speech Therapist Can Help :

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Communication is an essential skill that is needed by everyone – young or old. Without it, reaching one’s full potential is nearly impossible. In order to help your child develop this skill set, sometimes, speech therapists can help in more ways than one.

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Typically, a speech teacher or speech pathologist works with children with a variety of delays and disorders spanning from mild articulation delays to more complex disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, hearing impairment, motor speech disorders, and other developmental delays.

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This is how a speech therapist can help your child with:

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication or AAC and this involves all forms of communication other than oral speech that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. AAC is always associated whenever we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. There are instances when a child may have such a severe delay/disorder, that traditional oral speech is not possible or is not practical. In these circumstances, an SLP may work with a child and his family to come up with an AAC system to use instead of, or alongside of, speech.

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Feeding or Swallowing issues since speech therapists are trained in pediatric swallowing and feeding issues in addition to speech and language issues. They also have in depth knowledge regarding structures and functions of the oral cavities, giving them the background necessary to provide solution to this issue.

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Cognitive-communication disorders that refer to the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions which include self-monitoring, planning and problem solving.  Either developmental in nature or acquired by other means such as a head injury or disease, speech therapists can work closely with your child to develop those skills again or teach compensatory methods to assist them with their deficit.

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