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Speech Language Therapy for Children

Speech language therapist and kid In speech-language therapy, an SLP will work with a child one-on-one, or in a small group, or directly in a classroom to overcome difficulties involved with a specific disorder.

Therapists use a variety of strategies, including:

  • Language intervention activities
  • Articulation therapy
  • Oral-motor/feeding and swallowing therapy

When Is Therapy Needed?

Kids might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or Other Developmental Delays
  • Weak Oral Muscles
  • Chronic Hoarseness
  • Birth Defects such as Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate
  • Autism
  • Motor Planning Problems
  • Articulation Problems
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Respiratory Problems (breathing disorders)
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Therapy should begin as soon as possible. Children enrolled in therapy early (before they’re 5 years old) tend to have better outcomes than those who begin therapy later.

This does not mean that older kids can’t make progress in therapy; they may progress at a slower rate because they often have learned patterns that need to be changed.

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