The ability to communicate with others is a vital need for humans. Whether it is oral or written, communication enables us to share our thoughts, needs and feelings with each other. When this ability does not develop as expected or when it is impacted by a condition or injury the affected individual and his family face challenges in the sharing of important information. The speech-language pathologist is the specialist who is trained to assess and treat all aspects of communication. Speech difficulties affect articulation, voice and fluency while language difficulties affect comprehension, writing, reading, sentence structure, vocabulary, discourse planning and the social use of language. Speech-language pathologists work with the client and his or her family on the agreed upon goals to improve the aspects of communication that are impacting the individual’s participation in daily activities. An assessment is conducted to determine exactly which areas need to be targeted. The client’s interests are considered when planning intervention to ensure the information is meaningful and motivating. Activities are presented in game format to make learning fun and enjoyable.
LSVT Loud Speech Therapy
We also have a certified LSVT Loud certified clinician - a form of speech therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. A LSVT Loud clinician is able to help with improving vocal loudness, improving speech intelligibility, and increasing facial expression.
A speech-language pathologist can help individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed difficulties such as:
Language based learning disability
Childhood apraxia of speech
Autism spectrum disorder
Acquired brain injury
Global developmental delay
Feeding issues in children
Social skills in older children and teenagers