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Speech Therapy not only helps children learn to use language, but it and enables parents to become a part of the process while they are learning how to become their child’s speech therapist at home.  Speech Therapy is often sought out for a variety of disorders and syndromes, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Articulation disorders, Voice disorders, Stuttering and Cluttering (Fluency disorders), Swallowing Disorders, etc., and those “2 year-olds who just have not begun speaking”.

During or after the sessions, parents are provided with a synapse of which techniques worked, or did not work, for their child and are taught how to use these techniques at home. This may also include the use of signs in conjunction with verbal language. Studies have shown the use of signs actually INCREASES a child’s usage and understanding of language, and does, in no way, hinder his or her verbal language development. Signing is also proven to decrease the frustration the child may be feeling due to his or her inability to communicate verbally. The key is to fade out the signs once the child begins producing more words. This will be taught by your speech therapist if the family decides to go this route. Remember, ultimately every decision made about the course of therapy is up to you, the parent/caregiver. The speech therapist simply provides information about various options/techniques to use and teaches how to use these techniques in the home.

WHAT IS STUTTERING? Stuttering in an interruption in the fluency of speech. It can begin as soon as a child begins speaking and research consistently proves the importance of early intervention, with the largest impact in stuttering therapy occurring soon after onset. How do you know when a child is stuttering? Here is what to look for:

Sound repetition: “W--w- w- w- w  what is that?”

Sound prolongation: “Sssssssomone took my pencil.

Whole Word Repetition: When when when when is she coming over?

Blocking:  A hesitation occurring prior to speaking. Tension in the throat and articulators.

If a child presents with any of the following stuttering behaviors they should seek a speech and language evaluation.

Our speech therapists have all worked with children for years and are able to provide the best therapy for each individual child.  The speech therapists continuously participate in continuing education courses in order to learn the most effective strategies for children of various populations.

We offer several group therapy sessions each year, consisting of 4-6 children, which focus on pragmatic (social) skills and/or language groups, which we have found to be beneficial for most children.  We offer groups for preschool-aged children (2-4 years old) and school-aged children (5-18 years old).straw

In addition to communication skills, speech therapists at Sensory Solutions also work on feeding mechanics for children who have a limited diet beyond being “picky eaters.”They work on swallowing for children with feeding tubes, tracheotomy tubes, cleft palate and other feeding issues. This can involve teaching them to tolerate food in their mouths and/or teaching them how to swallow.  Our speech therapists also work on oral motor exercises which aid in increasing the strength of the articulators (jaw, tongue, soft palate).  Low tone (often most noticed by excessive drooling) or excessive tone in any of the articulators may cause speech-language difficulties for a child.

Please refer to our Speech Therapy Check List to determine if your child may need our services.