Speech Therapy

CAN Do Kids Occupational Therapy Services for BIG and small kids

What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech therapists. Pediatric speech-language pathologists work to help children communicate effectively by assisting with the improvement of their verbal and non-verbal language skills.

In addition to speech challenges, therapy can target problems with:

  • Receptive language (understanding language)
  • Expressive language (using language)
  • Social communication (using language in socially appropriate ways)
  • Reading and spelling (including dyslexia)

Why Choose Speech Therapy?

A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. It can be really frustrating for young children who are finding it difficult to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Not only does it weigh down on their confidence, but it may also give them a negative connotation towards speaking and communication.

When a child receives speech therapy, they are developing a better understanding of language and communication. Delaying speech development may run the risk of missing important maturing and learning required for the brain.

What can be accomplished through Pediatric Speech Therapy?

Our Speech-Language Pathologist works with children in the following areas:

  • Articulation Skills/Speech Intelligibility – articulation, the physical ability to move the tongue, lips, jaw and palate to produce individual speech sounds; intelligibility, refers to how well people can understand your child’s speech
  • Expressive Language Skills – words that are spoken (learn new words and how to put them together to form phrases and sentences [semantics and syntax])
  • Receptive Language/Listening Skills – ability to listen and understand language
  • Speech Fluency/Stuttering – fluency, breaks in the flow of speech; stuttering, repetitions, prolongations, interjections, and blocks
  • Voice and Resonance – voice, the vocal folds that allow us to have a voice; resonance, quality of the voice that is determined by the balance of sound vibration in the oral, nasal, and pharyngeal cavities during speech
  • Social/Pragmatic Language – using language to communicate in different ways, changing language according to the people or place it is being used, following the rules for conversation
  • Cognitive-Communication Skills – cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions (self-monitoring, planning and problem solving)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas (important to note, that AAC methods are not always used to replace speech; in many circumstances, AAC is used as a bridge to speech)
  • Swallowing/Feeding Issues – SLPs have intimate knowledge of the structures and functions of the oral cavities and more
  • Educating and Empowering Parents on how to best help their child – our speech-language pathologist may spend an hour or so a week with your child, but you spend hours and hours a week interacting with your child; asking questions, taking notes, doing homework, and working closely with our SLP will create an amazing team to change your child’s life one word at a time

CAN Do Kids is a pediatric therapy practice with over 30 years of experience in evaluation, treatment, and implementing therapeutic techniques to address the underlying neurological processes that impact learning and behavior.

Our speech-language pathologist at CAN Do Kids has a combined 10 years of education, credentials, and experience which allows her to properly diagnose and care for every pair of shoes that walk through the door.. big or small!