From birth, children learn to communicate in a variety of ways including through eye gazes, gestures and vocalizations. For children who are delayed in their communication skills, intervention can begin at a very young age. Improved ability to communicate reduces frustration as children become older.
Speech-language therapy helps children improve their communication skills verbally, by using gestures, sign language or the use of augmentative devices. An important part of intervention includes teaching parents and caregivers skills to stimulate their child’s communication skills.
The focus of pediatric speech-language therapy is to support the development of effective communication skills.
Treatment may target the following areas:
- production of sound
- oral motor control
- language development
- cognitive skills
- social skills
- safe feeding & swallowing