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What is Speech Therapy
Speech therapy assesses and treats speech, language and communication disorders or delays. Speech therapy can help children with comprehension of language, speech sound production, fluency, voice, use/expression of language, and social skills. The goal of speech therapy is to support children in becoming connected to their voice and to the world around them.
Speech therapists use a variety of techniques to help children improve their speech.
Techniques Used by Speech Therapists
Speech therapy can be beneficial for all children, but it is especially important for those who have difficulty communicating or being understood by others. Speech therapy can help children express themselves, interact and connect with others, share their thoughts and feelings, and has even helped support academic development.
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not meeting speech and language milestones. If your child is not making speech sounds, is not using words by 18 months, or is not putting words together by 2 years, he or she may benefit from speech therapy. Other signs that your child may need speech therapy include difficulty understanding what others are saying, trouble following directions, and difficulty expressing needs. If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, talk to your child’s doctor or a speech-language pathologist. They can help you determine whether speech therapy is necessary and develop a plan to meet your child’s needs.
Treating your child, not their label
Labels themselves are not bad, it’s all in how you see it. We believe children who are on the Autism spectrum simply see the world from a particularly rich sensory perspective. We see that unique outlook as a gift. If you are noticing this, let’s have a chat.
Creating a treatment plan that draws on your child’s strengths
Before starting treatment, we conduct a comprehensive assessment so that we can deeply understand your child’s strengths and what areas require some more love, support, guidance and empowerment from us. Then we create functional and meaningful goals with you in order to help you and your child connect and communicate in ways that feel just right.
Supporting the whole family, because you are your child’s greatest teacher.
Our treatment is designed to not only treat your little one’s Autism but to also support your whole family. If you’re the type of parent that wants to be involved in the creation of developmental opportunities at home, we’re here to provide you with the information, skills and tools to do so.
Sholeh and the team at Valued Voices have been amazing. Kind, compassionate, supportive and incredibly organized. We have seen immense growth in our daughter’s speech and conversational abilities in the last six months with Valued Voices and would recommend the program to anyone and everyone.
– Katie O