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Speech Therapy

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Speech therapy is more than saying sounds or using words.  As with all development, speech and language skills build upon each other.  Early milestones pave the way for phrases (2-3 years olds) and eventual back-n-forth interaction (4-5 years).  Here are a few (not all) skills your child IMG_9133should have:

 

  • Your 0-3 month old should be using vowel sounds when crying.
  • Your 4-6 month old should be responding to his/her name.
  • Your 6-9 month old should be using 2 syllable combinations.
  • Your 9-12 month old should be using gestures to indicate wants/needs.
  • Your 12-15 month old should be following single step directions, imitating during play, and shaking their head "no".
  • Your 15-18 month old should be pointing, giving, and showing; asking questions, and using at least 15 meaningful words.
  • Your 18-21 month old should be vocalizing and using words during play, and imitating 2-3 word phrases.
  • Your 2 year-old should be following 2 step directions, have at least 50 different words, using pronouns, and using 3 word phrases on occasion.
  • Your 3 year-old should be answering yes/no questions, using plurals and prepositions, using 3 word sentences consistently, and be able to state their name (first and last) and their age.
  • Your 4-5 year-old should be speaking in complete sentences (at least 5 words), asking questions, and playing board games.

 

 

Speech therapy services address the following areas:

  • Receptive language skills (understanding what is said, following directions)
  • Expressive language skills (using words to communicate wants and needs)
  • Auditory and language processing
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Articulation (speech sounds)
  • Fluency and voice
  • Social skills
  • Play
  • Oral motor skills
  • Feeding

Your child may benefit from speech therapy services if they:

  • Are not cooing, babbling, or meeting their speech and language milestones
  • Exhibit excessive drooling and/or an open mouth posture
  • Cannot communicate their wants and needs
  • Have difficulty following directions
  • Have difficulty answering questions
  • Have difficulty staying on topic during conversations
  • Don't use toys appropriately or use play sequences
  • Frequently misunderstand what is said to them
  • Have difficulty sequencing stories
  • Have a poor memory
  • Are difficult to understand
  • Don't use the right sounds for words
  • If they substitute sounds for other sounds
  • Stutter or exhibit dysfluency in their speech
  • Have difficulty coordinating lip and tongue movements
  • Are picky eaters or problem feeders
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