Speech and Language Therapy
Screenings can be conducted to determine if there is the need for more information about your child's speech and/or language development. The length and format of a screening will vary depending on your needs.
Speech and language therapy is provided for children whose skills in one or more areas are below expectation for their age. An evaluation will be conducted in order to determine your child's strengths and weaknesses and to help develop appropriate goals.
Once it has been determined that a child can benefit from speech and language therapy, we work together with the family to determine a schedule for services. We often work with students who receive speech therapy at school, but who would like to continue over the summer months.
Does your child have difficulty saying sounds that their peers are already using?
Does your child have trouble following directions at home and at school?
Does the language your child use seem delayed when compared with his peers?
If so, your child may be able to benefit from speech and language therapy.
A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) works with children and adults with any of the above difficulties as well as many others. Not all people who can benefit from services have existing diagnoses. While an SLP does work with children with Autism or other diagnoses, they also work with children and adults who may simply have difficulty with the "s" sound, who stutter, or who have difficulty understanding and using language.
If you or your child have difficulties in any of the following areas, speech and language therapy may be appropriate:
Articulation and/or Phonology (saying sounds)
Understanding and following directions
Giving information or speaking in complete sentences
Kiwi Speech can provide a full speech and language evalution to determine whether treatment is necessary or right for you. Based on the outcome of the evaluation as well as your needs and preferences we can work together to determine goals and a treatment plan for you or your child.
Private speech therapy services can be used in addition to those provided by a school. Private therapy may be a way to help your child continue his or her progress over the summer, to augment services during the school year, or to work on additional goals. Your private Speech Language Pathologist can communicate with your school therapist if you wish to help coordinate treament and optimize progress.