Speech and language therapy is a practice to diagnose and treat speech disorders related not only to speaking, stuttering, pronunciation or voice. Language-related difficulties can include concerns about vocabulary, grammar, comprehension discourse and social-emotional expression.Speech and language therapy focuses on:
- Written and Oral Language
- Social communication
Speech and Language Therapy enables people to communicate to the best of their ability. It provides support and care for individuals with receptive, expressive, cognitive-communication and social difficulties/delay or disorders. Communication involves listening, processing, speaking, reading and writing.
Speech and language therapy focuses on:
Written and Oral Language
Speech-language therapy addresses challenges with language and communication and teaching students with special needs. It can help people with autism improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication. The overall goal is to help the person communicate in more useful and functional ways.
Communication and speech-related challenges vary from person to person. Some individuals on the autism spectrum are not able to speak. Others love to talk, but have difficulty holding a conversation or understanding body language and facial expressions when talking with others.
A speech therapy program begins with an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to assess the person’s communication strengths and challenges. From this evaluation, the SLP creates individual goals for therapy.