Speech & Language Therapy
Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Communication Difficulties
Speech and language Therapists support children who have spoken language difficulties and/or social communication difficulties. This may be in speech, receptive language, expressive language, phonological awareness or social communication. The Kids First Speech and Language Therapist also have additional training in literacy and adopt the Words First Approach™ to support children with spoken AND written language difficulties.
Receptive language is the ability to understand what people are saying and follow verbal information / instructions (in your first language). Expressive language is the ability to express your thoughts, feelings and ideas using the grammatical rules of your home language. Phonological awareness is the conscious awareness of sounds that make up your home langauge and social communication is the ability to follow and use the non-verbal rules of your community. Social communication is the ability to interpret non-verbal language and and know HOW to use language appropriately for a given context. Finally, speech is the ability to articulate sounds using oral muscles and to put the sounds together in a way that is understood.
A Kids First Speech and Language Therapist is aso trained to link literacy and language and therefore our therapists will assess both spoken and written langauge difficulties.
Children who are delayed in speaking or who have speech sound difficulties. We also support children who present with what looks like behaviour difficulties (but can be related to their ability to understand language). Children who are slower to pick up phonics / reading and spelling may have underlying phonological difficulties and children who struggled to find words and get their message across effectively.
A Speech and Language Therapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your child’s language (listening and speaking) and compare the results in relation to other children of that age. Your child will also be observed in school / at play to gain an understanding of language in everyday contexts.
Indicators / Difficulties
- Delayed speaking
- Difficulty following instructions and explaining oneself
- Often using the incorrect word for something
- Difficulty making friends and acting appropriately in social situations
- Inattention and behaviour difficulties in school
- Speech sound difficulties
- Problems with reading and spelling
- Difficulty understanding what is being read
Next Steps / Benefits
Our Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) will conduct an assessment of your child’s speaking and listening. The score can be compared to children of his/her age to see where they are in relation. The SaLT will provide recommendations for your child’s teacher and a plan for intervention.