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Language & Development skills We address in Speech Therapy

At My Kids Place, we focus on enabling a child’s success within a variety of environments at any age. We help children gain independence and promote the development of conversational skills necessary to function throughout life. Oftentimes language skills are the first that parents notice their child struggling with. Trouble expressing wants and needs frequently leads to frustration in the family dynamic and can impact self-confidence.

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What Do SLPs Do?

At My Kids Place, our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) focus on helping children succeed in their community at any age. We help children gain independence and promote the development of conversational skills that children need to interact with their world.

What is Speech Therapy for kids?

Pediatric speech-language pathologists, also known as speech therapists, work to help children communicate effectively by assisting with the improvement of their verbal and non-verbal language skills. They focus on improving three areas of communication – speech, receptive language, expressive language, and pragmatics.

When therapists work on speech, they focus on the sounds produced (articulation), treat stuttering if it’s present (disfluency), or treat voice disorders. Additionally, they help children develop receptive language skills. By working in this area, they are helping children process and understand the information they’re receiving from others. 

When a child is told to “pick up the toy and bring it to me,” there is an incredible amount of work their brain must process to be successful in understanding the instruction.

Mastering pragmatic Skills

The most difficult communication skill to master is pragmatic language. Pragmatic language is the set of social language skills that we use in our daily interactions with others. This includes what we say, how we say it, our non-verbal communication (eye contact, facial expressions, body language etc.), and how appropriate our interactions are in a given situation.

Pragmatic skills are vital for communicating our personal thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Children with difficulties in this area often misinterpret other peoples’ communicative intent and, therefore, will have difficulty responding appropriately either verbally or non-verbally.

Furthermore, children must also master expressive language. This is when we learn how to produce words and combine words into phrases and sentences to outwardly communicate our wants and needs and share information. This may be achieved in several ways including spoken words, signing and gesturing, or with a communication device.

Child in blue/red shirt touches other child's palm as if communicating with gestures
Child in striped shirt and pants stands on a bed reaching for the stars

Speech Therapy FAQ's

  • What Are Speech Disorders?

    A speech disorder refers to a problem making sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners cannot understand what is being said. These include problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by unusual stops, partial-word repetitions (“g-g-girl”), or prolonged sounds and syllables (“sssssnake”). These also include problems with pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what is being said. Speech disorders may also cause pain or discomfort to your child when speaking.

  • What Are Language Disorders?

    A language disorder refers to someone having an issue understanding or assembling words to communicate an idea. Language disorders can be receptive or expressive:

    • Receptive disorders are issues with learning or processing language.
    • Expressive conditions are problems with putting words together, having a limited vocabulary, or being unable to use language in a socially appropriate way.
    Cognitive-communication disorders are problems with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulation, and problem-solving.
  • What Are Conversational Skills?

    There are an incredible amount of complex processes that fall under the category of conversational skills. A child must access many different foundational skills, including body awareness, working memory, and hearing just to name a few. As we grow, we develop the skills to assign meaning to what we hear, express and advocate for ourselves verbally, as well as master the art of non-verbal communication. Skills we address:

    • Articulation/Intelligibility
    • Expressive Language
    • Receptive Language
    • Pragmatics
    • Eating
    • And More!
  • What do Speech-Language Pathologists Do?

    Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.