Importance Of Speech And Language Therapy

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Here are some commonly asked questions about speech and language therapy. If the answers listed here don’t cover all the information you need, feel free to give us a no-obligation call or email.
What is the difference between “speech” and “language”?
“Speech” involves the sounds to make up words, e.g. “d”, “g”, “s”. There is also a fluency aspect, where someone may have difficulty talking smoothly and easily. Refer to the “stuttering” section for further information. “Language” is divided into two areas: comprehension and expression. Comprehension is what someone understands when another person talks with them; this involves attention, listening, and processing skills. Expression is what someone says; this involves words, as well as syntax
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This begins from birth and is fine-tuned as children get older. If a child has ongoing or regular sore/blocked/waxy ears, this will impact on their ability to learn the skills. If you have any concerns about your child’s ears or hearing, please get them checked by your GP. If you want certainty that your child is hearing as they should for their age, see a qualified Audiologist for an assessment (they can do these for very young children too).
Why might it be important for my child to see a Speech-Language Therapist?
Speech-Language Therapists are specifically trained to identify the many different aspects that make up communication and provide appropriate intervention for any areas of need. Seen as everyone communicates, it is important that your child develops the appropriate skills to interact with others and learn.
What happens when I see a Speech-Language Therapist?
The first appointment is for finding out information about your child. This can be through discussion with you (the parent or caregiver), as well as formal and/or informal testing, which can involve observation of the child playing or interacting with you and maybe his/her peers. From here, areas to support are identified, goals are set up and specific therapy can start as
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Speech Therapy is an individualised service which aims to help your child’s communication skills progress from where they are currently. It has made a significant difference for a number of families and all children can benefit from speech-language therapy to some degree. However, if there is is an on-going physiological disorder present such as hearing loss or Dyspraxia, speech-language therapy services may only minimise communication difficulties – not eliminate them entirely. No matter what underlying issues are present, Vocalsaints will always provide professional and research-based practice, and investigate different therapy options based on best clinical

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