What Is Speech Therapy for Kids?

While it’s normal for children to have difficulty pronouncing words and forming sentences when they first begin to speak, if this problem persists, it may be a sign of a speech disorder. Learning how to get speech therapy can be the first step toward helping them communicate. Luckily, the Speech-Language Pathologists at Communication Corner and More can help your child clearly express their wants and needs.

The Benefits of Pediatric Speech Therapy

The benefits of speech therapy go beyond helping children improve their communication. Speech therapy can improve a wide range of skills, such as teaching children how to demonstrate social appropriateness in various settings. Some additional benefits of speech therapy include:

  • Teaching children to communicate their thoughts and ideas.
  • Preparing children for academic settings through pre-literacy development.
  • Helping children understand and use nonverbal communication skills such as facial expressions and body language.
  • Improving fluency and articulation for intelligible speech.
  • Enhancing oral motor skills and swallowing to allow children to eat safely.
  • Building vocabulary for children to form sentences.
  • Educating children in understanding spoken messages so they can follow directions.
  • Finding alternative communication devices when needed.

Signs That Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

While every child develops at their own pace, note which milestones they should be achieving to determine whether additional support is necessary. Some other signs that your child needs speech therapy services include:

  • Failing to begin babbling between four to seven months.
  • Lack of pointing or gestures.
  • Issues with following directions and other verbal requests.
  • Being unable to speak in complete sentences.
  • Trouble making certain sounds.
  • Stuttering or inconsistent voice and speech.
  • No interest or inability to engage in group play.
  • Phonological mistakes or their speech is hard to understand.

Why Choose Communication Corner and More?

Our expert team at Communication Corner and More will help your child reach their full potential. After your initial consultation, we will create a personalized treatment plan that caters to your child’s strengths and interests. As your child continues therapy, we will constantly improve their treatment plan to ensure we continue to meet your child’s needs.

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Communication Corner and More is a one-stop shop for families seeking individual therapy for their children. Our kind and patient staff will take the time to get to know your child and their personality to ensure every session with us is a positive experience. To help your child improve their communication skills and self-confidence, we encourage you to complete our contact form today!

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