Speech and Language Pathology
Speech and Language Pathology:
Speech therapists primarily work towards speech, language and communication impairments.
Most of us are not sure about the difference between these 3 words:
Speech: It is how we say sounds and words. It includes articulation, clarity, fluency etc.
Language: Means of communicating an idea which is encoded and decoded in the form of sound/words or actions. Eg: English is a language, American sign language is also a language.
Communication: A system established using speech, signs or gestures to convey something to another person. Oral communication is through speech whereas augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices help someone with a speech or language impairment to communicate.
What happens in speech therapy?
Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. It helps with early language skills, voice and sound production, comprehension, fluency, clarity and expression. Speech and language therapists will help with speech difficulties such as stutters, articulation of sounds etc; language difficulties such as expressive(sharing thoughts or ideas) or receptive (understanding) language disorders and difficulties with communication. For children, it usually involves play, such
as sequencing activities or language-based board games.
At Walnut, we may conduct speech therapy sessions 2 times a week but we expect you to practice the techniques we teach you at home as well. Practicing every day in your day to day living will lead to better results rather than relying on just hourly sessions 2 times a week!
For children, it usually involves play, such as sequencing activities or language-based board games.