Speech Therapy covers a wide variety of services. State licensed speech and language pathologists offer traditional speech and language therapy in the areas of articulation, language, voice, pragmatics, and fluency. Additional specialized training, through many hours of continuing education and training, enables KKST to provide services to individuals with more complicated speech and language issues. Some of the areas addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:
Speech Sound Disorders
Speech sound or articulation disorders occur when children continue to have difficulty producing sounds that are expected at a certain age. This can lead to reduced intelligibility of speech, which leads to frustration.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood apraxia-speech-therapy of speech is an impaired ability to plan and sequence the motor movements necessary to produce speech in the absence of any obvious muscular problem. This typically results in reduced clarity of speech and frustration.
Receptive language is the ability to understand auditory messages (verbal language). If your child has difficulty following directions or understanding vocabulary.
Expressive language is the ability to produce language. It is based on the content (semantics), form (grammar), and use (pragmatics) of language at different developmental levels. If your child has difficulty answering questions accurately or telling stories.
Many different things can lead to voice-therapy problems for children, such as frequent shouting and poor vocal hygiene. If a voice-therapy is rough or a child runs out of air when he or she is speaking, this may be indicative of a voice-therapy problem. There are many different types of voice-therapy disorders that can be helped with therapy.
Phonological Awareness involves being able to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds in words that are spoken. It also includes recognition and manipulation of rhyme, syllables, and words. Difficulties in this area may lead to reading difficulties later.
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