Speech and communication are critical skills for children, and Early Intervention for children with speech and language delays often plays a key role in helping children reach important milestones when it comes to building vital communication skills. There are various levels of speech therapy depending on a child’s individual needs – with some children only needing help with language skills, others needing more help on the mechanics of speech, and some needing more comprehensive services focusing on speech, language and swallowing.
At LifeROOTS, our experienced speech and language pathologists focus on improving a child’s speech and ability to understand and express language, which also includes nonverbal language. In addition to treating articulation, language and cognitive issues, our speech therapists also help treat swallowing disorders that help in feeding issues. Many children with developmental disabilities can benefit from speech therapy, with services often beginning at a young age and continuing as a child continues to achieve speech milestones and reach their fullest potential. Our speech therapists work with children with a variety of delays and disorders, ranging from problems with articulation to more complex disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, hearing impairment, motor speech disorders, and other developmental delays.
Our speech therapy services include evaluations, consultations, working closely with parents and development of an individualized treatment plan for children with a wide range of communication disorders. Every child’s needs are unique, and a treatment program is designed to incorporate a number of specially designed services, addressing the following areas:
- Expressive language skills
- Listening skills
- Fluency of speech
- Cognitive communication skills
- Alternative communication
- Swallowing/feeding issues
Signs Your Child May Need Speech Therapy
- Inability to put together simple, two-word phrases by age 2 (confirm this)
- Difficulty being understood by family members by age 3
- Inability to talk in fairly complete sentences or to be easily understood by strangers by age 4
- Difficulty interacting in and age-appropriate manner with other children
- Feeding aversions or difficulty handling food orally
- How Can Speech Therapy for Children Help Your Child?
- Improves understanding and expression of language
- Advances speech and sound production
- Corrects swallowing patterns to reduce tongue thrust
- Develops reading skills
- Improves communication through the provision of augmentative communication systems
- Develops eating and swallowing skills
- Promotes age appropriate play skills
At LifeROOTS, our speech therapists are experienced and trained in working with children facing communication issues due to a variety of challenges related to autism, ADHD, apraxia and auditory processing disorders, and provide the individualized compassionate services that can help each child reach his/her goals when it comes to speech and language. We work as a team, along with family, educators and other healthcare providers to create the individualized speech therapy treatment plan that meets every child’s unique needs.
Call us today at 505-255-5501 or email us here to learn more about our Speech Therapy programs and services — and how we can help children enhance their communication skills and reach their fullest potential when it comes to speech and language.