Treatment

The ability to communicate is essential to learning, working and social interaction, as well as to achieve and maintain independence. When communication is impaired, it affects every aspect of a person’s life – American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Speech therapy 1TREATMENT

At Talking Together we know that every child is unique so we provide individualized treatment plans to meet specific needs.  Treatment goals are designed to be built into daily routines so children can learn to improve their communication skills in their natural environment, while allowing caregivers the flexibility to practice goals in a way that is convenient for the whole family.

We also pride ourselves on using the most up to date research, or evidence-based practice, when choosing our treatment approaches to ensure that the therapy being provided to your child is high quality. In addition, therapy goals are monitored during each session to make sure progress is being made on an ongoing basis.

TREATMENT AREAS:

Pre-linguistic communication

These are communication skills children need to learn before they successfully speak in words.  This includes: using gestures, such as waving bye-bye; making babbling sounds; and sharing joint attention, for example pointing out objects in their environment to another person.

Articulation

Also known as the clarity of speech. This involves learning to pronounce the speech sounds correctly in words, sentences and conversation. For example begin able to pronounce the ‘s’ sound properly in the word ‘sun’.

Language Comprehension

A very complex skill that begins to develop as a baby and continues well into adulthood. It includes understanding the meaning of words, grammar and sentences, for example when following directions or as part of a conversation.

Expressive Language

This includes being able to convey your wants, needs, thoughts, feelings and ideas accurately using words, sentences and in conversations.  Expressive language is not about how clearly words are spoken (e.g. articulation).  It refers to the different pieces of language, like nouns, verb tenses, prepositions, pronouns and grammar, as well as how these pieces are put together to convey a meaningful message.

Social communication

Social communication is a skill that begins to develop when children are very young. It involves the ability to understand and use social rules properly to convey a message to others.  For example using appropriate eye contact, turn-taking, tone of voice and body language.

Early literacy skills

Before becoming strong readers children need to develop strong pre-reading skills.  Some examples of these early literacy skills are sound awareness (e.g., rhyming, blending and segmenting sounds), proper book-handling behaviour, story comprehension, and print awareness.

Literacy

Being able to read and write (e.g., literacy) is one of the best ways for children to explore the world and use their imagination. Both are very complex skills that begin when children are young and develop into adulthood. Reading involves recognizing and understanding words, as well as coordinating word meanings so that reading is fluid and accurate.  Writing is the representation of spoken language through signs and symbols, like the alphabet.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

This involves communicating by means other than spoken language to express wants, needs, thoughts and ideas. AAC could include using pictures or sign language, or higher level technology such as iPads, to communicate with another person.

 

 

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