Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

Speech and Language therapy relies on evidence-based practice to provide personalized treatment plans in the areas of communication and comprehension and social engagement. Our Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are dedicated to providing your child with the support they need to meet developmental speech and language milestones.

Speech Language Pathology helps to: 

Improve functional communication (Basic Communication)

Early intervention speech therapists are not concerned with how clearly a toddler is able to produce sounds and word, they are concerned with how well a toddler is able to get their wants and needs met; that is how functional is their communication? Some children may not be ready or able to use words to communicate, they may benefit from alternate forms of communication, such as signs or picture exchange programs.

Improve language comprehension

Speech therapy is not all about using words, it is also about how a toddler understands language. Are they able to follow simple routine directions, can they find/show the correct object when asked, do they respond to their names, do they seem to understand new words? If a toddler is having difficulty understanding language they will have difficulty using language to get their needs met.

Improve social interactions/engagement

We use more than words to communicate. We use gestures, body language and facial expressions. Children who are not engaging with others by including them in their play, using gestures (i.e., pointing, reaching, showing, etc.), or taking turns during social games (e.g., peek-a-boo), will need to learn these skills before they can be expected to communicate functionally.