Speech Therapy is one of the recommended services for some of our clients. Empower provides Speech Therapy for people with or without an Autism Spectrum diagnosis. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) offer Speech Therapy services that complete evaluations and develop treatment plans and goals specific to them.
Speech-Language Pathologists treat both speech and language disorders. Some of the frequently seen speech disorders are difficulty making certain sounds, stuttering, unusual stops, partial word repetitions or prolonging sounds and pitch and volume problems. Language disorders include difficulty processing language, putting words together, limited vocabulary, attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving issues.
Speech-Language Pathologists first assess the disorder and find out what is causing it. There are times when there will be more than one reason for the issue.
For children with language disorders and struggle to understand and express language, the therapy may be individual or group activities to make language fun and easy to learn.
For children with speech disorders, SLPs will use tailored exercises based on a detailed analysis of behavior. They may include activities like practicing sounds and pronunciation.
Oral-motor/ feeding and swallowing therapy techniques include facial massage, tongue, lip, and jaw exercises, and activities like practicing sounds and pronunciation.
The Texas State Government licenses Empower's Speech-Language Pathologists. They also have a Master's Degree and Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA-certified SLPs would have passed a national exam and completed a supervised clinical fellowship.
Some children may struggle with speech or language disorders. Some may have excellent pronunciation and language skills, but they may lack pragmatic language skills. They may be struggling to express themselves with the appropriate language and body language during social interactions. Other reasons include medical conditions like infection, brain injury, or other issues affecting their communication ability. In all these cases, beginning the treatment at an early age is crucial.
The speech or language or pragmatic disorder - based on the type, the time for treatment may vary. Some children may have to continue the therapy after joining the school.
The age of the child is also another factor that affects the treatment. Young children who are just starting to show problematic behavior can be easy to treat, because their behavioral patterns are just starting to form.
Other factors are the frequency of the therapy and underlying medical conditions causing the speech disorder.