Speech Therapy Children | Speech Therapy Autism | Children Speech Therapy | Language Delay
At the ALSHC, our American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) certified professionals are expertly trained and knowledgeable in speech disorders, speech therapy for children, speech therapy in autism, and language delays.
Speech disorders in children can come in all different forms, and have varying reasons for their specific diagnosis. Some of the speech disorders the Center deals with are:
- Articulation disorders, where children have difficulty pronouncing words and syllables. With speech therapy, children will work on improving the ability to move their facial muscles in order to produce the necessary sounds and movements needed for articulation and pronunciation.
- Fluency disorders such as stuttering. Therapy will teach children how to control behavioral stuttering which increases overall fluency and intelligibility.
- Resonance or voice disorders that deal with issues regarding the volume, pitch, and quality of a child’s voice. Through therapy, our pathologists can give your child the tools they need to control their voices, and decrease behaviors that might be straining their vocal cords, etc.
Completely unlike and different from speech delays and speech disorders, language delays are defined and characterized by a child’s overall lack of knowledge of language, words, and phrases they should know by certain ages. Language delays can come in a few forms, such as:
- Receptive disorders that make it difficult for children to understand language.
- Expressive disorders that make it difficult for children to put words together and form sentences.
- Cognitive-communication disorders, which deal with a struggle to communicate, retain information, organize, and solve problems.
Regular therapy sessions for language delays will equip your child with a larger vocabulary, so that they can begin to, and maintain, the necessary skills to combat their language deficit.
For children who fall on the autistic spectrum, they may show signs of speech disorders if the child doesn’t attempt any verbal communication, tends to hum or make other vocal sounds other than words, or frequently repeats certain words (echolalia).
Autistic children can greatly benefit from speech therapy sessions if started at an early age. Through effort and dedication, speech therapy will improve an autistic child’s ability to articulate words and thoughts, communicate verbally and nonverbally, increase their social skills such as forming relationships, and even comprehending different forms of communication from friends, parents, and authority figures, such as teachers.