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Speech & Language Delays in Northern New Jersey

If your child has difficulty communicating, speech/language therapy can improve communications skills while also increasing academic performance. New Jersey patients can receive top-notch speech and language therapy by visiting Psycho-Educational associates.

What is Speech-Language Therapy?

Professionals with expertise in development and disorders of communication are known as speech-language pathologists or SLPs. Also called speech therapists, these individuals have earned a Master’s degree at minimum, and have also been licensed in their field. In addition, these professionals hold certificates issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or ASHA, that declares their competence in clinical practice.

Speech-language pathologists deal with issues affecting language, speech, cognitive communication and other oral skills such as eating and swallowing. Diagnosing issues related to fluency, receptive and expressive language, voice, and articulation, as well as treatment of these disorders, is performed by SLPs.

When is Speech-Language Therapy Necessary?

This therapy may become necessary for kids suffering from a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Developmental delays, such as those affecting cognition
  • Hearing problems
  • Heavy drooling
  • Oral muscle weakness
  • Autism
  • Cleft palate, cleft lip, and other birth defects
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Problems affecting respiration

In all of these situations, patients should begin therapy without delay. When kids start therapy early in life, they are more likely to overcome these issues compared to those who start after age five. Older children can still make progress but may improve at a slower pace because they have had longer to develop ingrained patterns.

Remediation

During speech-language therapy sessions, we work individually with children or in small groups to address the problems associated with their disorders. Therapists may use a number of strategies, such as:

  • Articulation therapy: Also called sound production exercises, this involves showing children the proper ways of voicing certain sounds. These exercises are usually employed during play activities and involve SLPs demonstrating tongue movements
  • Language intervention activities: To build the speech skills of children, SLPs may play with children while talking to them and showing them objects, books and pictures that promote the development of language. Exercises such as modeling proper pronunciation may be performed repetitively.
  • Swallowing, feeding, and oral-motor therapy: This involves the use of oral exercises by the SLP. For example, massage of the face and exercises of the lips, jaw and tongue may be used to strengthen oral muscles. A variety of food temperatures and textures may also be used to improve the oral awareness of children.

The sooner you enroll your child in speech/language therapy, the sooner you can enjoy the results. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide you with speech/language therapy and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!