- by R K Senthil Kumar - Occupational Therapist
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- Jan 13 2018
UNDERSTANDING SPEECH THERAPY
Speech and language therapy is a service that aids in improving a child’s vocal abilities and language. The professional called SLPs provide services to help your child overcome speech disability and have a method which targets mouth coordination to produce sounds that form words and language expression through oral and different forms of written communication. They help with speech issues and language conditions like dyslexia.
What do speech therapists do?
The first and most important thing is evaluation. The therapist needs to understand what the problems are and in general what the child is like. They ask questions to understand what the speech and language barriers are and of course their medical history. They also evaluate the child’s hearing and communication capabilities by giving them certain tasks and situations to finally form a written report for their understanding. Additionally, this report will also make the family understand what the requirements are how the sessions will be going forward.
Speech Therapy treatment
After evaluation, the therapists provide a tailor made treatment procedure based purely on the patient’s needs. Each session is unique and works towards improving the speech and any other issues the person is facing. The sessions could be in the clinic, school or at home itself depending on what the requirements are and what the therapist think is necessary.
Depending on the needs, therapists use many tools during treatment sessions like speck buddies. These tools teach them how to produce the right sound and in case of children often, their favourite toys are used to build interest and attention. Engaging them with their favourite toys or anything else within their line of interest makes the session more fruitful and results seen are higher.
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