Speech Therapy

The development of communication skills begins at birth before the emergence of the first word. This development can have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork and interpersonal relationships.

Speech/language pathologists, (SLPs) are trained to help people, birth through geriatrics, develop their communication skills as well as overcome handicaps resulting from neurological, developmental or mental disabilities. SLP services at Metro West include:

  • Prevention
  • Identification
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment

Speech/language pathologists are critical in the early detection of social communication problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) because the first evident symptom is often lack of language. The ASD child’s social communication deficits often result in frustration and depression.

Children with ASD could exhibit some or all of the following. These characteristics would be evident in simple social interactions with peers and adults and could require intervention from a speech/language pathologist:

  • Delayed language and speech development
  • Difficulty turn-taking in play or conversation
  • Difficulty establishing attention or initiating
  • Difficulty interpreting emotional states or gestures
  • Poor expression of basic needs or emotional states
  • Difficulty being understood by family, peers or caregivers

Our Speech/Language pathologists have the following specialties:

  • Craniofacial disorders including cleft lip and palate
  • Early childhood
  • Augmentative communication
  • Picture Exchange System
  • Pragmatic language
  • Stuttering
  • Assistive/alternative communication
  • Social thinking groups

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