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what is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A Speech-Language Pathologist is trained to help assess and treat children and adults with various speech, language and feeding difficulties. Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and therapy for a broad range of difficulties including articulation, language, stuttering, voice difficulties, accent modification, and feeding/swallowing issues. They can also work with a variety of populations from infants and toddlers to school aged children, adults, and with individuals with Autism or developmental disabilities. A Speech-Language Pathologist will conduct a detailed assessment and provide recommendations and/ or a therapy plan that best suits the individual's needs.

what is a Communicative Disorders Assistant?

A Communicative Disorders Assistant works together and under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist. Communicative Disorders Assistants are specifically trained and educated in various areas of speech, language and communication. They do not conduct assessments, but are skilled providers of individual and group therapy in the areas of language, articulation, motor speech, fluency, augmentative communication and more.

when can I start?

Early intervention is very important when helping children with their speech, language, and communication skills. Speech-Language Pathologists work with children and parents/caregivers on communication skills as young as 12 months. When treatment begins this early, the focus is also on teaching the parent invaluable techniques to facilitate communication in the child’s natural environment.The "wait and see" approach is not recommended. If you suspect that your child’s language or communication is delayed you should seek the advice of a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

milestones

Here are some milestones that children typically achieve by certain ages. If your child has not met any of these milestones, an assessment by a Speech-Language Pathologist is recommended.

 

By 18 months does your child...

  • use around 20 words?

  • respond with words or gestures to simple questions such as "what's that?"?

  • point to pictures?

  • engage in some pretend play?

  • identify some body parts?

  • use a variety of consonant sounds such as p, b, n, m, t, d, and w?

 

By 24 months does your child... 

  • follow two-step directions?

  • use at least 50 words or more?

  • combine two words together?

  • enjoy being with other children?

  • have the ability to be understood 50-60% of the time?

  • form words and sounds easily?

  • use a variety of words including nouns, verbs, pronouns, prepositions?

  • hold books the right way and turn the pages?

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