What role do speech skills play in your child’s overall development, health, learning experiences, and self-esteem? Your child’s speech influences how they communicate, understand, and play. Developing independence with speech skills at an early age is crucial to school performance and social interaction.
In order to communicate, children need to say the correct words, with the correct sounds, as well as understand what others are saying to them. Speech skills are also very closely related to feeding skills, because the same muscles are used for both. These skills develop quickly throughout a child’s growing years. Proper development of speech skills requires strength, coordination, postural control, attention, and cognition, as well as appropriate function of one’s sensory system.
If you’re concerned about your child’s speech skills, seek help from a speech-language pathologist, who can provide a wealth of information regarding a multitude of critical developmental aspects across the life span. From simple vocalizations to spelling and writing, the professional team of pediatric speech therapists at ABC Pediatric Therapy can help. Their therapists work with children of all ages and abilities, and their expertise includes:
- Feeding (from infancy and up)
- Play skills (pre-language/linguistic skills)
- Phrase/sentence length
- Understanding of language (following directions, memory, understanding vocabulary, understanding questions, main ideas, idioms/figurative language, etc.)
- Expression of ideas (answering questions, formulating thoughts, use of vocabulary, etc.)
- Social language (greeting/closing, taking turns in conversation and in games/activities, making requests, ability to express emotions, etc.)
- Voice (harsh, breathy, whispered voice, etc.)
- Phonological awareness (skills that impact ability to read and spell)
If your child isn’t achieving a milestone within a reasonable time frame, it’s important to ask questions and seek guidance right away. The earlier an intervention is provided, the more effective it can be. Experts at ABC Pediatric Therapy can help you knock down barriers and increase comprehension through therapy that’s tailored to your child’s specific needs. Don’t wait—call ABC Pediatric Therapy today!