Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy
At Thrive Speech Therapy, we know how concerning developmental delays can be for parents. When you begin to suspect your child or toddler may have difficulty understanding language or communicating with speech, a comprehensive evaluation should be the first step you take towards identifying any underlying issues.
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Language Development Delay Therapy
Language delays are more complex as they involve a child’s cognitive ability to understand and express meaning. Language delays are fairly common, affecting up to 10 percent of pre-school age children in the U.S. With speech language therapy, the majority of these children are able to catch up to their peers and go on to succeed in school and typical communication situations.
Pragmatic Language Disorders Therapy
A language disorder affects a child’s ability to understand the meaning behind verbal and/or nonverbal language. Pragmatic language disorders specifically affect a child’s ability to understand how language is used in social contexts. This is also known as a social communication disorder. These children may have large vocabularies; however, are unable to functionally use the vocabulary. The child may be able to communicate effectively one-on-one with people they know well, but struggle to communicate and understand others, especially when in a group setting.
Speech Production Disorder Therapy
Speech production disorders are expressed as an inability to correctly articulate sounds. Every child makes mistakes as they learn to pronounce a language, but these mistakes are usually self-corrected with time and practice. A child with a speech production disorder remains unable to pronounce sounds correctly past a certain age
Fluency Disorder Therapy
Fluency disorders, disfluent speech and stuttering all refer to the same speech patterns. These patterns are marked by interruptions like repetition of syllables or words, multiple pauses in sentences, constant interjections like “um,” and getting stuck or blocked on certain words.