PRE-SCHOOL LANGUAGE DISORDERSSpeech Therapy for Children
Pre-school children, ages 5 and under, may have difficulty understanding and talking. It is important to note that this is different from having a speech delay when children experience a delay in the development or use of the mechanisms that produce speech sounds (see Speech Concerns). In typically-developing children, there is an age at which certain language skills are achieved. Children who have not achieved age-appropriate language milestones may have a pre-school language delay or disorder.
Your child may show difficulty with:
- Using as many words as other children their age
- Putting words together to make phrases or sentences
- Answering questions
- Following directions
- Pointing to named objects or pictures
- Telling simple stories
How can a Speech-Language Pathologist Help?
Our speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) help children with language difficulties. This starts with an assessment to determine whether or not his/her language is typically-developing. If therapy is warranted, our S-LPs will work directly with you and your child. The best outcomes occur when parents seek out early intervention for language delays and disorders.
S-LP therapy involves using play and games to help your child say and understand more in a fun and interactive environment. S-LP therapy will support your child in:
- Increasing the number and types of words they use
- Increasing the number and types of words they understand
- Using phrases and sentences to explain themselves
- Improving understanding and following directions
- Improving their ability to tell stories or explain something that happened
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