Dec. 19, 2019, 2:09 p.m.
Speech And Language Pathologists Understand The Speech and Language Difficulties That Children Have
If your child has reading, spelling, articulation, fluency, voice or oral feeding difficulties then a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is your answer!
What the SLP would do is observe your child to understand what kind of difficulty they are facing in an unbiased manner. They might work with them individually, in smaller groups or in a large group such as a classroom based on the needs of the child. When an SLP works with a child, the duration can stretch up to months or sometimes even years. Progress is subjective and it is vital that all individuals involved in the process stay patient and involved.
It is possible that we overlook some difficulties that our child faces due to something as simple as unawareness. Firstly, the SLP and the child should share a good rapport. Only then will they be able to understand the difficulty and its level and accordingly work on appropriate strategies and activities more efficiently.
Strategies and activities are planned around the needs and reception (receiving) of a child. It can include imitation, modelling, giving feedback, using visuals/pictures, facial massages, facial exercises, play therapy, books, play with texture and providing reason and opportunity of expression.
As the name suggests, SLP’s do offer help and advice for children with “speech” difficulties but at the same time they can also be helpful for children with spoken and written “language” problems. These children can obtain benefits emotionally, socially and academically.