simply speaking speech therapy for children
- Typically we first get introduced to a child who needs our services when a Parent/Teacher/Grandparent etc. has trouble understanding what their child is saying, or they feel their child is not communicating as well as other kids, or their doctor tells them their child needs speech therapy. At that point they call Simply Speaking for an appointment to receive a FREE speech language screening to quickly identify a possible problem.
- If the child fails the screening, then we will schedule a full speech language assessment to find out in what specific communication areas the child needs help, such as:
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), which is not being able to “plan” the sounds and patterns that make up words and then send that “plan” to their mouth to actually form the words (this child says “dog” 10 different ways incorrectly, struggles more with increasing syllables, and visibly distorts their mouth to try to imitate speech.)
- Receptive language, which is not seeming to “understand” what others are saying (this child can’t correctly answer yes/no questions, can’t follow 1-3 step directions, etc.)
- Expressive language, which is not being able to tell others what they understand or “know” or not being able to express their knowledge.
- Articulation, which is being able to use their mouth the right way (putting their tongue and lips in the correct spots) to produce words correctly.
- Stuttering, which is getting stuck on certain sounds in words.
- Cluttering, which is talking too fast and leaving out parts of words.
- Developmental Delays Unspecified
- Auditory Processing/ADD/ADHD
- Tongue thrust/lisp
- Social Skills/Pragmatics
Those are the basic speech language problems we face. The assessment usually takes an hour and is usually divided into two appointments for younger children if needed.
- Based on assessment findings, we then set up a bi-weekly therapy schedule to address the child’s needs and help remediate the problem. Speech therapy for children is usually 30 minutes long and occurs Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Therapy will continue on the set schedule as long as the child is making progress toward their goals, attendance is good, and goals are met. Meeting the child’s goals quickly is the key and requires much effort on the child’s part with cooperation and focus in therapy sessions, therapist’s part with staying focused on the goal, as well as, the family’s part with providing carryover and monitoring of learned speech exercises at home.
The same process goes for teens and adults as well, although we don’t do a screening first, we jump right in to the evaluation, and therapy sessions can be just once a week for an hour if they choose since they have a longer attention span.
simply speaking speech therapy process for adults
- An adult patient has a stroke or TIA and loses their ability to: find the words they want to say, try to communicate with family but it comes out garbled, finds they’re unable to do usual daily activities because they don’t remember what objects are used for, etc. They call Simply Speaking Speech Therapy and make an appointment to discuss their communication difficulties. We would evaluate them and decide what areas of daily communication they’re having trouble with and therapy would begin there. We usually meet with adult patients once a week for an hour session and try to bring them back to the level of communication they were at before the stroke. We also work with the patient’s family members/caregivers to decide the patient’s level of independence and how much assistance they will need to keep them safe during their activities of daily living. We try very hard to help the patient achieve the most independent level of care they can safely.
- An adult is referred to Simply Speaking by their physician for voice therapy due to a change in their voice because of surgery, vocal nodules, Parkinsons, or anything that would make their voice “different” than usual. Such as, a) their family and friends are having a hard time hearing what the patient is saying because their voice is so weak, breathy, quiet, or b) their voice sounds harsh or gravely due to vocal abuse/misuse. We would meet with the patient and look over any notes the physician has on the patient to help assess the situation and set goals. We would begin therapy using various vocal cord and breathing exercise to help strengthen the vocal cords, make proper vocal cord contact, or prevent vocal cord abuse. Voice therapy MUST be done with constant contact with the patient’s physician to ensure patient safety.