How Can Speech Pathology Support your Child?
Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency, voice and feeding safety. Some of the specific areas of our Speech Pathology teams’ focus include:
- Receptive and expressive language skills
- Social communication skills, to support develop of meaningful relationships with family members and peers
- Functional communication using a range of modes such as pictures, photos, key-word signing, objects and speech
- Play skills to support interactions with peers
- Oromotor skills for feeding and swallowing
- Articulation and phonological awareness
- and more!
Signs Your Child May Benefit from Speech/Language Therapy
- Does not appear to be meeting language/communication developmental milestones
- Has difficulty communicating his/her wants and needs
- Requires cues to ask for help when needed
- Speech errors are affecting his/her reading development
- Non-verbal or has limited verbal communication
- Difficulty relating to peers during play/social activities
- Appears to have shown regression in their vocabulary
- Difficulty understanding your child’s connected speech after the age of 4
- Does not use a wide range of vocabulary (i.e. only uses nouns)
- Receptive/Expressive Language Delay
- Articulation Disorder
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Phonological disorder
- Stuttering/Fluency disorder
SLPs also frequently provide language treatment for children with:
- Preschool Language Delays
- Learning Disabilities
Children on the autism spectrum may have a difficult time learning and using language. The autism diagnosis generally includes delays in social-emotional growth, deficits in non-verbal communication, deficits in maintaining or understanding relationships, as well as stereotypical/repetitive speech and/or echolalia. SLPs are trained to address all of these areas during your child’s therapy.
My child still has significant behaviours, are they ready for Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy?
Absolutely! There are no specific expectations or behavioural criteria for your child to participate in therapeutic interventions. Our SLPs and OTs at EAS are trained to provide services for every child. The collaborative approach also helps our therapists better understand your child’s behavioural needs in order to maximize success and progress.
Yes! We are accepting children with any diagnosis for Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy Services.
SLPs have a specific expertise in meeting your child at their current language level to help build skills through structured play therapy, modeling, and providing meaningful and rewarding opportunities for your child to learn to communicate.
This is correct! Building functional communication skills through positive reinforcement is a key part of the ABA program. The purpose of this is to help decrease and replace behaviors through increasing communication opportunities. SLPs take this one step further, by building a wider variety of vocabulary, social language skills, teaching alternative communication methods, and focusing on creating a language rich environment during therapy based on your child’s specific needs. SLPs teach children not only to request items or help, but to learn to understand how to comment on the environment, gain information, initiate social interaction, share personal interests, ask questions, and more.