What does a Speech-Language Pathologist do?

A Speech-Language Pathologist assesses communication difficulties and speech/language disorders and provides treatment and consultation for children and their families. By 12–18 months, typically developing children are able to

  • Babble with a variety of consonant sounds
  • Use a number of words consistently, even if not clear
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Use common gestures, such as waving, pointing (to body parts, simple pictures in a book), clapping
  • Enjoy a variety of play activities (such as feeding a doll, etc)
  • Enjoy being read to and sharing simple books

Why might my child need to see a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Your child may need to see a Speech-Language Pathologist for an assessment if the above skills are not evident by 12–18 months of age.
In addition to the early skills mentioned above, children see a Speech-Language Pathologist at different ages for a variety of reasons including:

  • Limited repertoire of sounds and words
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Difficulty being understood by others
  • Demonstrating disfluent speech (stuttering)
  • Difficulty following multi-step instructions
  • Challenges with language skills (expressing themselves and/or understanding what others are saying)
  • Difficulty with social interactions (taking other people’s perspective, following social rules, understanding non-verbal communication etc.)

What techniques do we employ?

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are trained in the use of a variety of techniques to help target children’s overall communication and speech/language skills.
In addition, some of our therapists are certified in the following:

  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)
  • Motor Speech 201
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)
  • More Than Words, It Takes Two To Talk, Learning Language And Loving It, and Talkability (Hanen)
  • Fluency 101