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Speech & Language Therapy

  •  Does your child have a hard time communicating? 
  • Are you always guessing what your child wants or needs? 
  • Does your child have a hard time following directions?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions your child may benefit from Speech/Language Therapy

What is Speech Therapy?

  • A Speech Language Pathologist is a licensed individual who specializes in communication and swallowing disorders and provides speech language therapy to children or adults.

What is the difference between Speech vs. Language?

Speech: How we say our sounds and words. Speech includes articulation, voice, fluency.

  • Articulation: How we use our lips, mouth, and tongue to make sounds (i.e. if a child says /tup/ instead of /cup/ they may have articulation challenges with the /k/ sound.
  • Voice: how we use our vocal folds to make noise: loud, soft, high pitched or low pitched
  • Fluency: our rhythm; people who stutter may have challenges with fluent speech

Language: The words and how we use them to share ideas and get what we want.

  • Expressive Language: how we use words to communicate our thoughts, feelings and ideas. Include vocabulary, grammar, sentence length, etc. If a child has challenges with expressive language he or she may not use very many words, have challenges combining words into sentences, have difficulty answering questions (what do you want to eat?), or use incorrect grammar (i.e. her is sliding vs. she is sliding or me do it, vs. I do it).
  • Receptive Language: Understanding or comprehending what others say. If a child has challenges with receptive language he/she may show challenges following directions (i.e. get your shoe), identifying objects, pictures, or body parts (i.e. show me your nose), understanding concepts (where’s blue?, put it under)

Is my child eligible to receive speech and language therapy at CDS?

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language skills you can sign up for a free screening with our staff. After testing, if your child receives a qualifying score he or she may receive speech language services. Click here to download a PDF showing child speech/language milestones from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). This information should give you an indication of how your child should be progressing.

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