What do we do?

Speech-Language Therapists work to prevent, assess and treat disorders related to speech, language, social-communication, cognitive-communication and auditory processing.


Speech


Some children may have difficulty pronouncing their speech sounds in an intelligible manner. These are the children who are not always able to say a sound the way it should be and as a result they may be misunderstood. This can be the result of oral-motor difficulties or a mislearning of the sound production. Speech Therapists will help this child to relearn how to say their sounds so that their speech is intelligible and they are more clearly able to express themselves.


language:


Children who do not yet understand (receptive language) their worlds may not yet be able to participate in them and lose out on important learning and playing experiences. They may also not be able to use more conventional means to express (expressive language) their needs, thoughts and dreams. These children may be experiencing language difficulties. A Speech Therapist will find a way to unlock the barriers that the child is experiencing. By stimulating language within meaningful contexts; the child has the potential to start understanding their world, gain back their voice and speak their mind.


Social-communication:


Disorders of social communication happen when a child has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These difficulties may include problems such as communicating for social reasons (e.g. greeting, commenting and asking questions) or talking in different ways to accommodate the communicative partner and environment as well as following guidelines for conversation and story-telling.


Cognitive-communication:


This refers to difficulties a child may experience regarding critical thinking, organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.


Auditory processing:


Auditory Processing Skills are those abilities that help our brains understand information and turn it into something meaningful. These skills are crucial for reading and spelling in children. Children who have difficulty processing incoming information may not be able to understand that sound combinations result in words or that the way in which verbal instructions are sequenced have a significant impact on the outcome of a task. Speech Therapists teach these children techniques that allow them to gain these skills so that they are able to cope with the academic demands they will be faced with throughout their schooling career.