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Speech Therapy

Speech therapy (ST) is used to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication voice, swallowing and much more. Therapy is conducted by highly trained Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Therapy can include playful and fun exercises using audio-visual elements such as books, images, stories, etc. Teaching children to create certain sounds and pronounce certain syllables, often in a playful manner like a game. Encouraging children to talk to each other in group sessions. One-on-one sessions with an SLP to focus on specific issues.

Targeted Deficits 

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)- Use of alternative ways to communicate (pictures/devices)

  • Articulation/Phonology- Pronouncing speech sounds

  • Auditory processing- How the brain processes information

  • Cognitive impairments- Disruptions in the ability to think, concentrate, reason, and remember

  • Fluency- Disruption of the fluency of speech (stuttering)

       Much more!

Is your child meeting developmental milestones?

0-12 Months

12 Months

12-18 Months

18-24 Months

24-30 Months

24-30 Months

  • Phonation (cry, burp, sneeze)

  • Coos and Goos (produces vowels and consonant-vowel (CV or VC combinations)

  • Exploration of voice and lungs (squeals, growls, yells, raspberries)

  • Canonical Babbling (reduplicated syllables such as mama, dada, baba, wawa)

  • Variegated Babbling (begins to use different CV syllables)

  • Jargon (begins to use syllables with varied intonation patterns- sounding more speech-like)

  • Produces first word

  • Produces approximations (muh for milk)

  • Imitates animal and play sounds (wee, yay, whoa, vroom)

  • Child begins to intentionally label items

  • Using 2-6 words OTHER than mama and dada

  • Knows 50 words

  • Uses a variety of words but they are mostly nouns

  • Understands more words than they can say (150-300)

  • Knows 200-300 words

  • Child learns new words for animals, body parts, and simple verbs

  • Beginning to put words together to use phrases

  • Knows 450 words

  • Uses positional words (in, on)

  • Color words

  • Can ask "what's that?"

  • Early pronouns used (I, me, you, my)

Get connected

Call The Kid Spot Center clinic near you to schedule your child's free 15-minute screening!

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