Speech-Language Therapy

What is Speech/Language Therapy?

Speech-language pathologists specialize in working with children on the basics of communication: speech, language, and oral-motor skills.

Speech describes the way a child uses sounds to say his words. Problems with speech might include:

  • Difficulty saying certain sounds
  • Leaving sounds out of words
  • Substituting sounds in words
  • Poor intelligibility
  • Frustration

Language describes the components of communication that children are expected to have mastered for their age level. Common issues related to language are:

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Poor comprehension of spoken or written language
  • Social skills problems
  • Behavior issues

Oral-motor skills involve the abilities of the muscles used for speech and swallowing.