What is Speech Language Therapy?
Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Speech therapy for children is needed at an early stage of development to ensure that comprehension and articulation capabilities of the kids are not restricted at a later date.
Prayatna, a prominent and best autism treatment in Kerala is providing elaborate and state of the art speech therapy activities and materials under one roof that would help children with compromised language capabilities get over there problems.
Speech Therapy for Children
Speech therapy is intended to streamline the functioning of the motor nerves that coordinate and synchronize the action of brain and tongue needed to articulate one’s thoughts. A child fighting with autism spectrum disorder who cannot vent his emotions in proper manner suffers from numerous psychotic problems. It is not desirable to expose children to such traumatic conditions when sophisticated child speech therapy modules are available. Autism treatment for toddlers is now no more a concern. Your children are safe and learning with us.
Who is a Speech Language Therapist? What is the Role of Speech and Language Therapist?
- Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
- Treat speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders.
- Provide home therapy training, education and counselling to parents, caregivers, teachers and other educators based on their findings.
- Work collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines (occupational therapists, psychologist, special educator, physiotherapists etc..
- Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders.
- Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Document child’s progress.
Speech disorder is a condition in which a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently to communicate with others
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.
- Speech Sound Disorders.
- Fluency disorder (Stuttering)
- Voice disorders
If one has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.
- Social communication disorders: occur when there is a difficulty with the social use of verbal and non verbal communication. E.g poor peer group interaction, poor pragmatic skills
- Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.
Who can Benefit from Speech and Language Therapy?
Children having the following disorders can benefit from Speech therapy.
- Delayed early play and communication skills
- feeding and swallowing difficulties
- language delay
- mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- speech sounds disorders
- hearing impairment
- cleft palate
- intellectual disability
- Seizures disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- autism/social interaction difficulties
- childhood apraxia of speech
- voice disorders
- selective mutism
Adults can also benefit from speech therapy if they have the below issues.
- communication and swallowing problems following acquired neurological impairments and degenerative conditions, including stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and dementia
- head and neck cancer
- voice problems
- learning difficulties
- hearing impairment
Autism Treatment for Toddlers Facing Speech and Language Issues Focuses on:
- Speech-language disorders vis-à-vis brain’s function or neurological problems.
- Problems in interacting socially.
- Impaired hearing or linguistic capability.
- Delay in producing speech or understanding language; voice problems.
- Speech sound generation problems.
- Attention deficit problems and selective tendency to remain mute.
- Respiration, swallowing or problems related to lip, palate, and cleft.
- Genetic issues and other syndromes.
- A speech and language evaluation are done to find out if a person has communication problems or will lead to communication difficulties in an individual.
- The evaluation is done by a certified speech-language pathologist.
The speech-language clinician gathers information by asking questions about your child may include
- Demographic details
- Pre-peri, post natal histories (serious illnesses, operations, accidents or recurring health problems).
- Developmental History (the ages at which your child started doing certain activities like sitting, walking, making speech sounds, etc).
- Family history (names and ages of brothers and sisters, discussion of family members who may have speech or hearing problems, etc).
- Speech and language behaviors (your comments about your child’s speech and language skills and any causes of concern).
- School history (what schools your child has attended)
- Any consultations before/ any other medical findings
What is the Duration of Speech Language Therapy?
- Duration of assessment will depend upon the age and attention span of the child; the evaluation may be completed in one session. Or, it may spread over several sessions. The length of the evaluation will vary with the amount of testing that needs to be done.
- For the treatment/ speech therapy, depends on their age, type and severity of the speech disorder, frequency of therapy and underlying medical condition. Treatment duration can vary person to person.
Speech Therapy Exercises
Our speech therapy exercises as a part of autism treatment for children are uniquely developed to assist in the identification of communicational, linguistic and developmental speech problems. The swallowing/ palate/ and oral sound production problems would be assessed and treated.
Speech Therapy Materials
Speech therapy materials would be used for planning the course of treatment with customized medical intervention to remove speech deficiencies. We would also suggest needful modifications in communication ambiance for effective therapy. Each child would be attended to uniquely for understanding and rectifying specific speech disorders.