Speech and Language

Speech and Language Therapy addresses concerns with a child’s ability to communicate with others. Speech is defined as a child’s ability to produce sounds for speaking. Language is the use and understanding of words for communication.

Therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques to improve a child’s sound production, communication skills, language development, pragmatics, and oral motor skills. The Speech Language Pathologists at Leaps and Bounds use sensory-motor activities to enhance language development and to make therapy fun for kids. Our goal is to assist families to establish effective communication with their child.

What is the difference between speech and language?

Speech refers to a child’s verbal communication and how clearly that message is conveyed to listeners.

· How does the child produce specific speech sounds in words, sentences, or conversation? Developmentally, children master specific sounds in an increasingly complex progression.

· How fluent is the child’s message? Children may have disruptions in the rhythm of their speech, or stutter.

· How does the child’s voice sound to the listener? The vocal folds and respiration work together to produce a vocal quality that is not too harsh or too hoarse.

Language refers to a child’s ability to understand what is said to him, as well as, how well a child follows the socially shared rules for combining words to express his wants and needs. A child with a language delay or language disorders may have difficulty with receptive and/ or expressive language. Receptive language is how a child understands the content of what his friends, family, and educators are saying. Expressive language is how a child applies those socially shared rules of language to make his own message understood by others.

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