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Speech Therapy

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What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapy aims at helping children obtain the ability to communicate their wants and needs, as well as being able to participate in daily activities. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology states that the overall objective of speech-language pathology services is to optimize individuals’ ability to communicative and swallow, thereby improving quality of life. For children, improving the quality of life consists of improving their ability to communicate their wants and needs, as well as understanding orally-related information presented to them from a communication partner during daily activities across a variety of settings. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) help children improve their expressive and receptive language, social skills, feeding abilities, and developing multimodal communication strategies. Speech-language pathologists strive to serve as case managers to their clients, as well as counseling individuals, families, and educators. Once a child is referred for services, an evaluation is conducted, as well as clinical observations, in order to identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of speech and language to help improve the child’s quality of life. Jacob’s Ladder mission of hope, truth, and love is a vital part of the therapy process. We aim to provide hope and the promise to help your child reach his/her full potential through therapeutic and loving treatment and interventions.

What is the goal of Speech therapy?

At Jacob’s Ladder, the overall goal of speech and language therapy is to help the child feel successful in communicating their wants and needs, as well as communicating their ideas. Speech and language therapy improves a child’s confidence through development of communication skills to increase their confidence level. The ability to obtain functional communication skills through therapeutic approaches in speech and language therapy help to provide a strong foundation and basis at home, in the educational setting, and in other social settings. Through therapeutic intervention, speech and language therapy addresses foundational communication skills such as:

  • Being able to express one’s needs, wants, and ideas
  • Producing appropriate phonemic sounds
  • Improving functional life skills
  • Social/pragmatics
  • Augmentative communication
  • Difficulties being able to express one’s thoughts and ideas
  • Identifying and labeling given items
  • Improving articulation skills
  • Improving functional life skills
  • Increasing one’s ability to socialize with peers and/or adults
  • Improving one’s ability to use augmentative communication

Why Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language pathologists address a wide scope of significant developmental delays, communication weaknesses, and diagnoses. Speech and language therapists are clinically trained experts who focus on designing and implementing therapeutic programs and activities to target specific needs of a child. Speech and language pathologists work on improving the following skills to help a child participate to his/her fullest:

Who do we serve?

  • Autism
  • PDD
  • Down Syndrome and other genetic diagnoses
  • Developmental Delay and Disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Neurological disorders
  • Motor delays and coordination problems, dyspraxia
  • Dysphagia
  • Learning Disabilities